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Amazon Greenlights New Ferrell/ McKay-Produced, Kal Penn-led Docu-Series

Amazon Prime Video has today announced it has greenlit an untitled docuseries from Academy Award winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), Will Ferrell (Elf) and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money) and hosted by Kal Penn (Designated Survivor). This new documentary series will give Prime members extraordinary insight into the global economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens unique to McKay.

Penn, former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions—and investments—that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.

“Adam McKay is well known for finding the humour and absurdity in mind-blowing true stories, and we’re excited to bring that to Prime members with this series,” said Heather Schuster,
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Leah Remini's Next A&E Project to Tackle Jehovah's Witnesses

Leah Remini has her sights set on a new project for A&E, one that will keep her focused on religion.

According to sources, Remini will produce a special for A&E that focuses on Jehovah's Witnesses, to air during a break following season three of the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The religion, while based on biblical teachings, has come under fire for some practices such as ousting or shunning members who have dissenting views, refusing to participate in politics or government, not celebrating birthdays or Christmas, and for multiple predictions of armageddon that have, obviously,...
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Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn

Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn
Kal Penn is going to solve the world economy — maybe.

Penn will star in a new documentary, as yet untitled, about the global economy for Amazon, to be produced by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money”).

The new docuseries will offer insight into the economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens.

“Look, I’m terrible at math and really good at sophomoric humor, so the idea that we can explore economics around the world by visiting places like a dildo factory in California piqued my interest,” said Penn. “To have
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Allison Mack Isn't the Only Hollywood Star to Join a Cult — These Other Celebs Are Members Too

As more revelations emerge about former Smallville actress-turned-sex-cult member Allison Mack, including her role in allegedly recruiting female sex slaves for the bizarre Nxvim (pronounced Nex-ee-um) cult leader Keith Raniere, bigger questions are raised concerning how the popular actress got involved with a cult at all. After her arrest, it was reported that the 35-year-old actress not only recruited members for Raniere to have sex with, but she also blackmailed them with compromising pictures, and helped hold them down and brand them with a symbol that was a mix of Mack's and Raniere's initials. Raniere and Mack's trial is set to begin October 1, and if they're convicted, they will face 15 years in prison, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Why do celebrities get involved in cults? Mack is certainly not the only Hollywood celeb who is a cult member, but she is among those who joined cults voluntarily as adults. "I
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CBS Chief Reveals Reason Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Was Canceled After Just Two Seasons

It seems Kevin Can't Wait. The CBS sitcom starring Kevin James was recently canceled by the network after just two seasons — and now fans of the series want to know exactly why. "The numbers," Kelly Kahl, the CBS Entertainment president, told Deadline in a new interview. "It was a strong show for us, it’s had a lot of decline this year, it was heading in the wrong direction. The numbers were going down as the year went on and looking forward, it didn’t look like a show that was going to be strong enough to anchor a night for us going forward." Kevin Can Wait made headlines after Season 1 when it fired Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin's wife, Donna Gable, on the series. As part of the plot, Donna died, leaving behind her husband and three children. However, the series never really explained how, which left many fans
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Kevin Can Wait: Why CBS Cancelled the Kevin James Sitcom

Why was Kevin Can Wait cancelled? Recently, CBS chief Kelly Kahl explained the network's decision to end the TV show after two seasons, Deadline reports.The sitcom stars James as Kevin Gable, a former police officer who, after the death of his wife, finds himself working for his old rival, Vanessa (Leah Remini), at her security firm. The cast also includes Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Joes, James Digiacomo, Gary Valentine, and Leonard Earl Howze.Read More…
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CBS Programming Bosses ‘Feeling Good About Our Diversity’ With Fall Schedule

CBS’ fall 2018 schedule includes seven original scripted series with people of color in leading roles. The number represents a significant uptick for a lineup that has for years been criticized for a dearth of onscreen inclusion.

“We’re feeling good about our diversity,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, who spoke with reporters Wednesday along with top CBS programming exec Thom Sherman at a breakfast where they revealed the network’s fall schedule.

After the two execs were elevated to their current positions last year, they faced a barrage of questions about diversity and inclusion at the Television Critic Association summer press tour.
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‘Kevin Can Wait’: CBS Admits That Viewers Were Not Happy With Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death

‘Kevin Can Wait’: CBS Admits That Viewers Were Not Happy With Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death
A year ago, Kevin James told a reporter that his CBS sitcom, “Kevin Can Wait,” had killed off Erinn Hayes’ character on the show in order to give the show a longer life. Last week, CBS canceled the sitcom after two seasons.

On Wednesday, CBS execs admitted that the choice to make James’ character a widower didn’t go over well with viewers. “Creatively, the show made a choice at the beginning of last year,” said CBS Entertainment senior executive vice president Thom Sherman. “We agreed to go along with it and unfortunately the audience didn’t respond to it.”

CBS first revealed the storyline last summer during the Television Critics Association press tour, after the choice was made to bring James’ “The King of Queens” co-star, Leah Remini, on “Kevin Can Wait” full time.

As part of a massive shift when “Kevin Can Wait” returned for its sophomore run,
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Kevin Can Wait: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on CBS?

Vulture WatchCan Kevin Gable make it without Donna? Has the Kevin Can Wait TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season? The television vulture is watching the latest cancellation and renewal news so this page is the place to track the status of Kevin Can Wait, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the CBS television network, Kevin Can Wait stars Kevin James, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Joes, James Digiacomo, Gary Valentine, Leonard Earl Howze, and Leah Remini. The sitcom centers on Kevin Gable (James). In the first season, this former police officer yearned to revel in his retirement. The second installment opens a year after the events of the season one finale. Now,
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Kevin Can Wait: CBS Comedy Cancelled After Two Seasons

The reunion of Kevin James and Leah Remini was short-lived. CBS decided to give the axe to the sophomore comedy Kevin Can Wait. The news was announced yesterday along with cancellation news for Scorpion and Superior Donuts. When Kevin Can Wait premiered in the fall of 2016, it was a huge ratings success. The comedy was the highest rated and most watched comedy of the 2016-2017 television season. This show should have followed the old rule: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. However, when Leah Remini guest-starred late into season one, the decision was made to kill off Erinn

Kevin Can Wait: CBS Comedy Cancelled After Two Seasons
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Kevin Can Wait

Network: CBS. Episodes: 48 (half-hour). Seasons: Two. TV show dates: September 19, 2016 -- May 7, 2018. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Gary Valentine, Lenny Venito, and Leah Remini. TV show description: This traditional sitcom revolves around Kevin Gable (Kevin James), a newly retired police officer who lives in Massapequa, New York. After 30 years on the force, Kevin’s looking forward to relaxing and spending quality time with his wife Donna (Erinn Hayes) and their young kids -- Sara (Mary-Charles Jones) and Jack (James Digiacomo). Read More…
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Kevin Can Wait: Cancelled; No Season Three for CBS Monday Night Sitcom

When it escaped today's earlier cancellations, it looked like Kevin James might get a third season with his most recent sitcom, but that was not to be. CBS has cancelled the Kevin Can Wait TV show, and now the fans' wait has come to an end. Ep Andy Fickman broke the bad news. Check out his announcement, below. A CBS sitcom, Kevin Can Wait stars James as Kevin Gable, a former police officer who, after the death of his wife, finds himself working for his old rival, Vanessa (Leah Remini), at her security firm. The cast also includes Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Joes, James Digiacomo, Gary Valentine, and Leonard Earl Howze. Read More…
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Kevin James, Leah Remini React To ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Cancellation

After CBS announced that they would be pulling the plug on the Kevin James comedy Kevin Can Wait after two seasons, fans of the show were disappointed as expected. As for the show’s stars, they may have been bummed that the show is ending, but it didn’t show with their reactions of gratitude and love. Kevin Can Wait stars James and Leah Remini took to Instagram to give an overwhelming amount of thanks to the cast, crew, and fans of the show. “I want to say thank you to…
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Kevin Can Wait Canceled at CBS After Two Seasons

Kevin James will be waiting once again.

Kevin Can Wait, the biggest ratings success at the beginning of the 2016-17 television season has become a casualty at the end of the 2017-18 season.

How did it happen?

Kevin Can Wait Season 1 started out as a family sitcom with Kevin married and recently retired from the police force.

Co-Starring Erinn Hayes as Kevin's wife, the show focuses on Kevin's shenanigans as a husband trying to get away with doing as little as possible in the wake of his retirement and his wife giving him the leeway to do it. 

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Sometimes.

The kids weren't the best in the biz, but the lead couple had an easy banter that led to some great moments throughout the season.

Still, the ratings declined and in an effort to grasp the brass ring,
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Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Canceled After Two Seasons

Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Canceled After Two Seasons
Kevin Can Wait” has been canceled by CBS after two season, Variety has learned.

The CBS sitcom stars Kevin James, Leah Remini, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine, and Leonard Earl Howze. James, Rock Reuben, Rob Long, Jeff Sussman, Andy Fickman, Tony Sheehan, and Steve Mosko are executive producers for Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios.

“Kevin Can Wait” underwent a creative overhaul between seasons one and two, with original co-star Erinn Hayes’ character written off the show and Remini joining the cast, reuniting James with his former “King of Queens” co-star.

But
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Kevin Can Wait Cancelled at CBS After Polarizing Season 2 Shake-Up

Looks like Kevin will be joining Donna six feet under.

CBS has cancelled Kevin Can Wait after two seasons, TVLine has confirmed.

As well publicized, Kevin underwent a major overhaul in Season 2. Original cast member Erinn Hayes was let go and essentially replaced by Kevin James’ former King of Queens costar Leah Remini, who plays Kevin’s former police partner Vanessa Cellucci. Together, the two started a private security firm, with much of Season 2 doing everything it could to avoid making them a couple focused on their fledgling business.

Kevin Can Wait this season averaged a 1.2 demo rating along with
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Elizabeth Vargas Signs Overall Deal With A+E Networks

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Elizabeth Vargas Signs Overall Deal With A+E Networks
Elizabeth Vargas has signed an overall deal with A+E Networks following her exit from “20/20,” the company announced on Wednesday.

Under the deal, Vargas will produce series and specials for the newly announced “A&E Investigates” banner, a collection of nonfiction, journalistic content airing in primetime. It will serve as her follow-up to a 14-year run as co-host of ABC’s “20/20.”

The first planned series under the A&E Investigates label, “Cults and Extreme Belief,” launches on May 28 and will see Vargas examine the self-help organization Nxivm, which has been accused of being a sex cult. The project doubles down on the success of A&E’s “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which recently earned host and executive producer Leah Remini her own overall deal with A+E.

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“This is the exact challenge I was looking for in the next chapter of my career,” Vargas said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Paul and Elaine for presenting me this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Elizabeth is a brave storyteller and one of the most trusted journalists who is an expert at bringing audiences closer to the heart of stories that have never been told in order to reveal genuine moments of truth,” said A&E’s head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant. “Her honest and authentic brand is the perfect fit for our audience that always seeks the truth and we are fortunate that she chose A+E Networks as her new home.”

Read descriptions of all the initial A&E Investigates projects below:

“Cults and Extreme Belief” – nine-episode series – Two Night Premiere – Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 at 10pm Et/Pt

Elizabeth Vargas, alongside former members of controversial organizations, goes on a search to uncover how these sects use their influence to prey upon people’s desperation to create powerful and often destructive belief systems. Each episode will take an immersive look at one currently active group through the eyes of past devotees and get perspective from believers and leaders that are still inside.

In the premiere episode, Vargas examines Nxivm, an organization that sells “self-help” seminars that they claim give people the tools they need to get their lives together and allow them to make a difference in the world. However, the group led by Keith Raniere, referred to by followers as Vanguard, stands accused of drawing supporters down a path of destruction that includes near-starvation diets, sexual assault, forced branding, pseudo-slavery, and blackmail. Luring in many high profile Hollywood actresses to evangelize for his cause over its 20 year in operation, Raniere was recently arrested in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking among other crimes. Former members of Nxivm share harrowing experiences of manipulation and sexual violation, including Sarah Edmundson who sits down with Vargas to share new details of her ordeal inside the organization which first broke in the New York Times late last year.

The series is produced for A&E by The Intellectual Property Corporation. Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman executive produce for Ipc along with executive producer/showrunner Alex Weresow and executive producer Rachelle Mendez. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Evan Lerner serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

“The Plot Against America” – two-hour special – premieres Monday, June 4 at 8pm Et/Pt

Beginning in 2001, a shift in counter-intelligence spending meant that the United States took its eye off the spy game while Russia continued to dedicate vast resources to developing their army of spies. This two-hour documentary investigates beyond the headlines and goes into the heart of our country to ask the question, is America safe? Retired FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks tracks down enemy “sleepers” who have been strategically placed throughout America, and builds a case to expose them.

The series is produced for A&E by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, David Doss and Dennis Franks serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Sean Gottlieb and David Doss serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

“The Untitled Word of Faith Fellowship Project (w.t.)” – six-episode series – premieres summer 2018

This docuseries follows the decades-long controversy surrounding the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindle, North Carolina. This secretive church, led by 77-year-old Jane Whaley, continues to hold extreme power over its congregation and is riddled with allegations of mental and physical abuse and fraud. Elizabeth Vargas takes a look at the harrowing details of the past, as well as the present actions of the Church and examines the plight of former members who are fighting to get their families out.

The series is produced for A&E by Collins Avenue. Jeff Collins, Lindsay Schwartz, Michael Hammond and Francis Gasparini serve as executive producers for Collins Avenue. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Marcie Hume and David Doss serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

“Child Brides (w.t.)” – two-hour special – premieres fall 2018

In America, a shocking number of young girls are forced into marriages against their will, a practice that is entirely legal with parental consent. Many believe this only happens in developing countries, but in the past 15 years, over 200,000 underage children have been forced into marriage in the Us. This in-depth two-hour special reveals the heart-wrenching stories of child marriage victims, who against all odds, escaped the most dire of circumstances. These brave survivors tackle this taboo issue in their personal lives and help to shine a light on the national epidemic with the hope that no child will ever have to be a victim again.

The special is produced for A&E Network by Sirens Media. Executive producers for Sirens Media are Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh and Jordana Hochman. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Molly Ebinger serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

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Leah Remini is About to Be One of the Busiest Women on TV

We’ve always known how talented Leah Remini was and always thought her career would go the distance. But we never thought that the very thing that would propel her career was her former religious affiliation. Tom Cruise may have put Scientology on the map, but Remini is the one that’s slowly ripping that map apart. Her docu-series, Scientology and the Aftermath, has been a tremendous success for A&E. The show’s renewal for a third season also marks a new relationship between Remini and the A&E network. Apparently, the network wants to build upon the reladstionship that they have cultivated with

Leah Remini is About to Be One of the Busiest Women on TV
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‘Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath’ Season 3 Digs Deeper Into The Abusive Practices Of The Religion – The Contenders Emmys

The first season of A&E’s award-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath explored the disconnection and breaking up of families stemming from the controversial religion. In the forthcoming third season, Remini and her co-host Mike Rinder continue to dive into the religion they were once part of to explore other abusive practices. The pair were joined on the Contenders stage with Co-Editor-in-chief Mike Fleming, Jr. to talk about how the new season of…
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