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TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

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TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91
Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91.

Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished his studies at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1950, and began a 50-year career as a writer for motion picture and television.

He served as president of the International Writers Guild, national chairman of the WGA and president of the WGA West during 1965-67. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations and won three of them.

Knopf received the Morgan Cox Award in 1991 and the Edmund H. North Award in 2002 from WGA West.

Knopf’s credits include “Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime,” “Mrs. Sundance,” “The Girl Who Spelled Freedom,” “Baby Girl Scott,” “Peter and Paul,” and the pilot for “The Big Valley.
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Katja Herbers Lands Lead In CBS Drama Pilot "Evil"

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Katja Herbers Lands Lead In CBS Drama Pilot
Katja Herbers (Westworld) is set as the female lead in CBS drama pilot Evil, from The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King and CBS TV Studios.

Written and executive produced by Robert and Michelle King, Evil is a series about the battle between science and religion. It focuses on Kristen Benoist (Herbers), a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

The Kings executive produce with Liz Glotzer, president of King Size Prods.

Herber was most recently seen on HBO’s Westworld. Her other credits include a lead role on Divorce, along with Manhunt: Unabomber, The Leftovers and Manhattan, among others. She’s repped by UTA, Lasher Group, Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson, and The Artist’s Partnership in the UK.
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Chris Rock To Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot At NBC From Lorne Michaels

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Chris Rock To Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot At NBC From Lorne Michaels
Chris Rock has been tapped to direct and executive produce Saving Kenan, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot, starring and executive produced by SNL star Kenan Thompson. Rock, an SNL alum himself, is reuniting with SNL boss Lorne Michaels whose Broadway Video company produces the project alongside Universal TV.

Written by Jackie Clarke, Saving Kenan centers on a newly widowed dad (Thompson) determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.

Thompson, a married father of two, and Clarke executive produce with Michaels and Andrew Singer for Broadway Video. Rock will continue as an executive producer if the pilot is picked up to series.

Thompson likely will leave SNL — at least as a full-time cast member — should Saving Kenan goes to series as the two would be difficult to juggle. He is currently in his 16th year on the venerable late-night sketch program.
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Masked Singer Week 7: Biggest Clues About the Lion, the Peacock and More

Masked Singer Week 7: Biggest Clues About the Lion, the Peacock and More
Let’s be real for a minute: If you haven’t figured out every single celebrity on The Masked Singer by now, you’re not even trying. Either that, or you’re one of the judges. (Angela Lansbury? Really?!)

La Toya Jackson’s name was in our gallery of clues and predictions long before she was unmasked as the Alien on Wednesday. In fact, so was Ricki Lake (the Raven), Tori Spelling (the Unicorn), Margaret Cho (The Poodle) and Terry Bradshaw (the Deer), most of which we felt safe confirming via the delicate science of… Googling their heights.

Speaking of which,
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Here’s Why Chelsea Peretti Left “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

It seemed that when Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine that people were about to riot, figuratively-speaking, but NBC was quick to come along and snap it up, thereby affirming that it would go on and the fans would get to see one of their favorite shows stick around. The only thing about this however is that one of the favorites on the show made the decision to not follow along. Chelsea Peretti decided to drop the bomb that she would not be making the jump along with the show, at least not as a fully active character. She managed to tweet

Here’s Why Chelsea Peretti Left “Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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The Best Uses of Hootie and the Blowfish Songs in Movies or TV

The quartet that would become Hootie and the Blowfish met when they were in college together back in the 1980s, and were brought together at first on the strength of Darius Rucker’s vocals, which are still amazing if you’ve ever listened to the band. He’s been one of the primary reasons that the band has remained popular for a long time now, and despite that his fellow band members have managed to pull their weight and make the group a strong and influential sound throughout the years. They started out doing cover songs for other bands but eventually moved on

The Best Uses of Hootie and the Blowfish Songs in Movies or TV
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How Does “The World’s Best” Differ from “America’s Got Talent?”

Over the years, we have seen many reality shows come and go, and aiming at different audiences all over the world. Some focusing on singing, some dancing, and some that focus on just the pure, raw talent that individuals have. One of the most popular of the talent shows that has been running for many seasons now is that of ‘America’s Got Talent’, and the show has even since made its way to other countries across the globe. However, it seems as though there may be some rivalry making way, as CBS introduces its own talent oriented reality show, which

How Does “The World’s Best” Differ from “America’s Got Talent?”
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The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Feb. 17

The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Feb. 17
This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “fuboTV” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the Vcr… however it is you roll.

This week, you’ll find five season — series finales (R.I.P., Counterpart), six returning shows (including Survivor and Last Week Tonight) and so much more.
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Documentary Success Without Netflix? The Tennis Channel Thinks It Can Pull It Off

The Sports Emmy Awards may not be the most obvious focal point for the future of television documentary production, but Tennis Channel contender “Strokes of Genius,” which commemorates the 10-year anniversary of a historic match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, provides an intriguing case study. A fast-paced retelling of the nearly five-hour 2006 showdown between the champions of the sport, it marks the first time that the network has produced a nonfiction feature in-house for wide release, with a serious Emmy campaign to boot. (Sports Emmy voting runs February 22 through March 8.) But it almost didn’t happen that way.

“We had a lot of outside interest,” said Tennis Channel president Ken Solomon in an interview at the U.S. Open, shortly after the documentary first aired last fall. “Obviously, people knew the story.” However, the decision to adapt L. Jon Wertheim’s 2009 book required access to reams of archival footage
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Days of Our Lives Stars Who Don’t Age

Days of Our Lives fans notice a lot happening on the show on a regular basis. Couples make up, they break up, they cheat on one another, everyone is working on stabbing everyone else in the back, and everyone is always miscommunicating things that make life very difficult. There is a lot of change around here, and it seems that nothing ever stays the same for longer than a moment. Except, of course, for one thing. There is one thing that never changes around here. The people of Salem must be drinking the same water, because there is a general

Days of Our Lives Stars Who Don’t Age
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Bill Maher Says the Oscars Are Being Ruined by ‘Ridiculous Purity Tests’

Bill Maher Says the Oscars Are Being Ruined by ‘Ridiculous Purity Tests’
With the Oscars just a week away, Bill Maher has some thoughts. The outspoken “Real Time” host compared the awards ceremony to the early stages of the Democratic primary, pleading with liberals not to “eat our own” as more and more contenders throw their hats in the ring and going so far as to say that the Academy Awards are being ruined by “ridiculous purity tests.”

“This is a real problem in our society, looking to dump someone good because there must be someone more perfect,” Maher said at the end of last night’s show. “And sometimes, what you end up with is no one to host the Oscars at all.”

Bohemian Rhapsody,” for example, is “flawed because it’s gay, but not gay enough. Really, that’s what they’re saying,” he said. “It’s insensitive to the extremely gay. What? For years, the beef about gay characters
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Ratings: Proven Innocent Opens Low

Ratings: Proven Innocent Opens Low
Leading out of back-to-back episodes of Last Man Standing aka Friday’s consistently top-rated program, Fox’s Proven Innocent premiered to just 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating.

Succeeding Hell’s Kitchen, that marks a demo low for that Fox time slot this TV season, and I have to reckon it’s the network’s lowest rated drama launch in a while — and that’s including (blast from the past alert!) Second Chance‘s Friday debut (which scored a 0.7). But it’s Saturday, so I will leave others to crunch such superlatives. My abacus is at the office.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mickey Rourke

When Mickey Rourke was younger he had worlds of promise that displayed him as an individual that had a bright future and a lot of options open to him. He was one of those that could have had no limit to his potential, but as he started to grow older things fell off the rails a bit and he seemed to disappear after a while. His career took a nosedive it seemed and his reputation fell apart, but it wasn’t the end of him thankfully. He’s been seen as making a comeback for a number of years now and while

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mickey Rourke
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General Hospital Stars Who Don’t Age

General Hospital fans have been watching people make a mess in Port Charles for many years, and that’s what they do best. It’s what makes the show interesting, the people our favorite, and the drama almost never-ending. We love them and what they bring to the table, but it seems that many of them have something very obvious in common. It appears that no matter how long we watch them on our television making a mess of their lives in Port Charles, some of the men and women around here never seem to age. Not a day. They appear just

General Hospital Stars Who Don’t Age
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Every Actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Who Has Been Nominated for an Oscar

Avengers: Infinity War was said to be the most ambitious crossover event in history. But do you know what's more impressive than a movie starring dozens of characters and a bunch of attractive men named Chris? The sheer number of actors and actresses who have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic

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Performer of the Week: Olivia Williams

Performer of the Week: Olivia Williams
The Performer | Olivia Williams

The Show | Counterpart

The Episode | “You to You” (Feb. 10, 2019)

The Performance | While Counterpart was set in motion by the meeting of the two Howards, we didn’t dare hope to get a scene between Emily and Emily Prime. Yet most fortuitously, in this season’s (and perhaps the series’) penultimate hour, Olivia Williams was broadcast to us in stereo, and what beautiful music it was.

In an Interchange meet-up that she had arranged, Emily warned her other that Mira, as “the final part of her plan,” was setting a trap for the two Managements, who were
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How the Show “Criminal Minds” Changed Cop Drama Forever

Criminal Minds” is wrapping up its fifteenth and final season and fans of the crime drama are sorry to see it end. It’s one of the longest running cop shows and it changed the face of cop drama. The CBS series premiered in 2005 and consistently receives high ratings. It’s ensemble cast has changed over the seasons, and the series has been controversial for its portrayal of violent crimes. Here’s how the show “Criminal Minds” changed cop drama. Cop Dramas of the Past One of the biggest themes of “Criminal Minds” is that the show focuses on victims and criminals

How the Show “Criminal Minds” Changed Cop Drama Forever
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Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 Ott services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series.

With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is tracking to become a French modern classic, its admirers say..

“This series is the best ever made in France,” trumpeted French newspaper Le Figaro.

A Canal Plus Création Originale produced by The Oligarchs Productions (Top) and Federation Entertainment Ent., which handles international sales, the
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Bold and the Beautiful Stars Who Don’t Age

The thing about the Bold and the Beautiful is that the people on this show really are beautiful. They are a great looking cast of people, which is a big part of the show and what they have to offer one another. They are men and women who live their most exciting lives because of their good looks, and that’s great news. But, we have to point out that many of the men and women on this show don’t appear to age at all. They have some sort of fountain of youth or something going on in their lives, and

Bold and the Beautiful Stars Who Don’t Age
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Turns Out The Boys Of “Riverdale” Have Some Rigorous Training Regimens

For the biggest of fans of the series ‘Riverdale’, you sometimes can’t help but swoon when it comes to the shirtless scenes. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing like seeing someone who is extraordinarily good shape, especially for actors who are playing a group of teenagers. Of course, all of that muscle and leanness only comes with hard work, and as we have just discovered, it seems as though the men of ‘Riverdale’ take their time to make sure they are in shape for all of the shirtless scenes, and for the series in general. The rigorous training

Turns Out The Boys Of “Riverdale” Have Some Rigorous Training Regimens
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