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MTV Greenlights Four New Series to Build on ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Success (Exclusive)

MTV Greenlights Four New Series to Build on ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Success (Exclusive)
MTV is aggressively building out its Thursday night original series lineup in an effort to capitalize on the success of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”

MTV has ordered four unscripted series as it looks to stack the night with “Jersey Shore” compatible unscripted series. Two of the four shows are set well outside of New York and L.A. — Decatur, Ind. and Pike County, KY — in a bid to add more cultural diversity to the slate at a moment when Middle America is a hot demo for TV.

“What’s happening in the middle of the country is so different than
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Sense8: Netflix Series Finale Coming in June; Why Was the Show Cancelled?

Sense8: Netflix Series Finale Coming in June; Why Was the Show Cancelled?
The Sense8 TV show was cancelled by Netflix after two seasons, on the heels of a brutal cliffhanger. The streaming service isn't totally heartless, though. They're bringing it back for a two-hour special, which will hopefully provide the audience with some closure. Now, we can report the Sense8 TV series finale will premiere on Netflix on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 3:01 AM ET / 12:01 AM PT.
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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TV Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Nearly Ties ‘The Voice’ as NBC Show Dips

TV Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Nearly Ties ‘The Voice’ as NBC Show Dips
American Idol” came close to tying “The Voice” for the first time this season in the Monday overnight ratings.

American Idol” drew a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers, up slightly in both measures from last Monday. “The Voice,” meanwhile, slipped to a 1.5 and 8.3 million viewers. That is the NBC show’s lowest numbers this season thus far.

After “Idol” on ABC, “The Crossing” was even.

After “The Voice,” “Good Girls” was also even.

CBS aired only repeats until the third “Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special.” The special drew a 0.8 and 3.8 million viewers, up slightly in the
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Sony Crackle to Develop Sci-Fi Series Based on ‘Heart of Darkness’ (Exclusive)

Sony Crackle to Develop Sci-Fi Series Based on ‘Heart of Darkness’ (Exclusive)
Sony’s Crackle is developing a series reimagining of the Joseph Conrad novel “Heart of Darkness,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is set in the future where Earth is a distant memory. It is described as an exploration of what it means to be human on a space odyssey where the survival of the human race hangs in the balance and will explore themes of race, immigration, and colonization much like the book.

Heart of Darkness” has been adapted in various forms over the years. Perhaps most famously, it served as the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Academy
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

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Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean, 44 Blue Productions Partner for Animated Series ‘Going Doll’ (Exclusive)

Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean, 44 Blue Productions Partner for Animated Series ‘Going Doll’ (Exclusive)
Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s Iron Ocean Productions is partnering with 44 Blue Productions on an animated series, Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Going Doll,” the series follows a cast of fame-fueled, self-absorbed caricatures of today’s “housewife culture” as they take over Los Angeles and espouse their beliefs on getting ahead, based on their fictional self-help book “Dollface: A Modern Woman’s Guide to Etiquette, Social Climbing, Celebrity and Monetizing the Marriage.”

The project is inspired by “Angie Dolls,” a series of sketches and felt dolls satirizing the bourgeois lifestyle of Australia’s suburban upper class. They
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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94

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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who was instrumental in the 1970s educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!” died Monday in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for Dorough told TheWrap. He was 94.

During his run with “Schoolhouse Rock!” Dorough wrote and performed iconic numbers including “My Hero, Zero” and “Three Is a Magic Number.”

Dorough, born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, took to music early,joining his high school’s band and serving three years in a special services army band unit.

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Dorough was a conductor, accompany player, arranger and conductor for a number of years before recording his first effort of his own, “Devil May Care,” in 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Among the artists Dorough worked with was Miles Davis, recording “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which Dorough composed, with Davis in 1962.

“In 1971 he received a commission to ‘set the multiplication tables to music.’ This led to a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-tv’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985,” Dorough’s biography reads.

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The bio adds, “The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 40th anniversary with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series, for which Dorough worked as the Musical Director.”

In 1995, Dorough signed with the prestigious Blue Note Records label, recording three CDs — “Right on My Way Home,” “Too Much Coffee Man” and “Who’s On First” — for the label.

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‘Ink Master’ Renewed for Season 11 at Paramount Network

‘Ink Master’ Renewed for Season 11 at Paramount Network
Ink Master” has been renewed for an eleventh season at Paramount Network.

Season 11 of the long-running reality competition series will consist of 16 one-hour episodes and is slated to debut later this year. “Ink Master” will crown its latest winner at the Season 10 finale on April 24. In addition, “Ink Master” spinoff series “Ink Master: Angels” is currently in its second season.

“I am ecstatic to see ‘Ink Master’ reach its eleventh season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network,” said Chachi Senior, senior vice president of original programming for Paramount Network. . “Coming on the heels of an exciting tenth season,
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‘Moonbase 8’ Comedy From Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel & John C. Reilly In Works By A24

A24 has begun production and will independently finance the first season of Moonbase 8, a six-episode original comedy series from Portlandia co-creators Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel, Tim Heidecker (Tom Goes To The Mayor) and John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph). Armisen, Heidecker and Reilly also are set to star and Krisel will direct. Moonbeam 8 follows three subpar astronauts living in Nasa's Moon Base Simulator in the desert with high hopes of being the next chosen to…
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Diana DeGarmo

Some folks don’t like to come in second but will gladly accept it as a challenge to do better the next time. Diana DeGarmo is one such individual who’s been in some aspect of show business since she was very young and has grown up trying to be the best she can possibly be. To date she’s accomplished quite a bit and performed in areas that not everyone that wants to has ever achieved. Plus she’s still very active and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future, so it’s very easy to see that she’ll be around

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Diana DeGarmo
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Cory Hardrict & Katrina Law On Taking ‘The Oath’, The Value Of 50 Cent & More – Next Generation TV

“I think when you have a format that’s only 10 episodes, and you know that you don’t have a studio or a network basically dictating what you can or cannot do, it leaves a lot of freedom to explore different realms,” says Katrina Law about Sony Crackle’s original series The Oath, adding, “It’s interesting that people are really gravitating to this because they do want to see something that is outside the box and not normally what’s tackled on network television … I don’t…
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James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ Selling Three Times What ‘Fire And Fury’ Did In First Week

Former FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is proving to be a bonafide publishing juggernaut. The book sold 600,000 in its first week, triple the early sales of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Last week, Amazon ran out of stock on the book, sources said. Bolstered by a barnstorming tour by Comey, the book launched with an 850,000 copy print run, and Flatiron has gone back to the presses. There are more than 1 million copies in…
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Donald Trump Goes All ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ On Macron During White House Presser

"Nobody knows what I'm going to do on the 12th!” President Donald Trump boasted with cut-to-commercial drama at today’s presser with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. The two men took to the White House’s East Room to make statements on, and take questions about, their morning discussions about the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump keeps threatening to tear up on May 12, aka deal’s re-certification deadline, and Macron came to town to talk him out of. Macron has said he…
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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bond in Sex Trafficking Case

Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bond in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention at her parents’ house in Los Alamitos, Calif.

Mack was indicted on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against Nxivm founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody.
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Director Bille Woodruff Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Film, TV and video director Bille Woodruff has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Known for his distinct visual style and dynamic storytelling, Woodruff began his relationship with the studio directing multiple episodes of Empire and Star, which led to the deal. "Bille is a fantastic director who has done spectacular work on episodes of both Empire and Star for us, and this deal is about continuing that relationship on an exclusive basis,&#8221…
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New Hollywood Podcast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Talks ‘UnReal’, Celebrating Your “Otherness”

“I love my Blackness…I love my queerness,” said UnReal star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman when he stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast. The model-turned-actor stars in the Peabody-winning Lifetime series that is a dramatic — and sometimes comedic — narrative skewering of the popular reality dating competition The Bachelor. When Bowyer-Chapman initially auditioned for the role of Jay in UnReal, the character was not written as gay. In fact, Jay was made to be a shady womanizer…
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The Top Five Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs of All-Time

Iconic southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd just announced the last leg of their final concert. The tour kicks off May 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida and will end in the band’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida September 2 at EverBank Field. Singer Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Ricky Medlocke announced the “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” during the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguar’s annual “State of the Franchise” presentation April 21. The tour announcement promised the best of the band’s classic rock music and special guests, Kid Rock and Jason Aldean. The tour honors the band’s fifth and final studio

The Top Five Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs of All-Time
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TVLine Items: Megan Fox Is Myths Buster, Westworld Ratings and More

TVLine Items: Megan Fox Is Myths Buster, Westworld Ratings and More
Megan Fox is taking history to task in a new Travel Channel series.

The network has ordered four episodes of Mysteries and Myths With Megan Fox (working title), in which the actress travels the globe with archaeologists and experts to ask tough questions and challenge conventional wisdom. The show will explore some of the greatest mysteries of time, including whether Amazon women really existed and if the Trojan War was real.

Per Travel Channel, Fox has been obsessed since an early age with the history of ancient cultures, people and places, always questioning their “documented” story. The actress — whose recent
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‘Westworld’: What’s Wrong With HBO’s Sci-Fi Series

‘Westworld’: What’s Wrong With HBO’s Sci-Fi Series
With the second season of “Westworld” upon us, HBO has high hopes the sophomore series will continue growing into a bona fide hit. But if there’s ambitions that the sci-fi saga can reach the kind of audience the network’s reigning hit, “Game of Thrones,” does, that’s doubtful.

If the latest episodes are any indication, the “Westworld” narrative remain too complicated for the show’s own good. While dense mythology is a fixture of other TV greats like ABC’s “Lost,” “Westworld” seems to have too much faith viewers will be willing to absorb storylines that can border on the incomprehensible.
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