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"Better Things" Renewed for Season 4

Well, this news is simply the best: FX has renewed its comedy series Better Things for a fourth season, TVLine has learned.

“With every season, Better Things becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon’s status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today,” said John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks. “Rarely has there been a show that is so personal and, at the same time, so thoroughly universal in the way it explores modern parenting, family and life. We are thrilled to extend the series for a fourth season and to continue this incredible partnership with Pamela,
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Ratings: ABC’s ‘The Fix’ Slips From Already Low Series Premiere

Ratings: ABC’s ‘The Fix’ Slips From Already Low Series Premiere
There may be no fixing ABC’s “The Fix.” The Marcia Clark-produced drama dipped on Monday from its already-low debut ratings last week. Making matters appear worse, the show’s lead-in, “American Idol,” actually rose versus the previous Monday.

Thanks to “The Voice,” NBC fairly comfortably topped primetime last night.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. posted a 1.6/7 and 8.9 million viewers. At 10, “The Enemy Within” received a 0.8/4 and 5.2 million viewers.

ABC and Fox tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0. Fox had a 5 share, ABC had a 4. ABC was second in total viewers with 5.5 million, Fox was third with 5.3 million.

For ABC, “American Idol” from 8-10 averaged a 1.2/5 and 6.4 million viewers.
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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Stand Up Comedy Series for Netflix

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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Stand Up Comedy Series for Netflix
Tiffany Haddish has partnered with Netflix to curate a new stand up comedy series.

The series is titled “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready,” which will introduce a diverse group of six up-and-coming stand-up comedians doing half-hour specials. All six comedians were personally chosen by Haddish. She shares a history with each after working together on the stand up scene or in television.

Comedians include Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams. Haddish serves as executive producer for She Ready Productions alongside Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz. Sykes’ and Hurwitz’s Push It Productions will produce.

“I am introducing six of my favorite comedians – in my eyes, they are super stars,” Haddish said. “The epitome of They Ready.”

The title of the series calls back to Haddish’s “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood,” which debuted on Showtime shortly after Haddish debuted in her
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‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Fox

‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Fox
Both “9-1-1” and “The Resident” will be returning for third seasons on Fox, Variety has learned.

The news comes as the two shows, which are paired together on Monday nights, are on course to finish with solid ratings in their sophomore seasons.

“’9-1-1 redefined’ what a procedural series can be, consistently delivering edge-of-your-seat emergencies, mixed with emotional story arcs and incredible performances from one of the most powerful teams of actors on television,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox in a statement. “Kudos to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and their entire crew, as well
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Apple Uses Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon & More To Show Why New TV+ Service Is Netflix…But Better

Apple Uses Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon & More To Show Why New TV+ Service Is Netflix…But Better
It’s said (and proven time and again) that Apple is a company that isn’t the first to innovate with a gadget or technology, but it often does those gadgets and tech better than its competition (and often at a steeper price). And with the new Apple TV service, the company is attempting to venture into the world of streaming services by taking what Netflix has innovated and doing it…better.

Continue reading Apple Uses Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon & More To Show Why New TV+ Service Is Netflix…But Better at The Playlist.
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Hugh Dancy Joins Homeland's Final Season as Adversary for [Spoiler]

Homeland‘s farewell season will be a family affair, now that Hugh Dancy has joined the mix.

TVLine has learned that Hannibal‘s onetime frenemy (and Claire Danes’ real-life husband) will recur on the Showtime drama as John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign policy advisor to the President — and a formidable opponent to Saul Berenson (played by Mandy Patinkin).

Homeland is currently in production on its eighth and final season, set to premiere later this year.

Shooting in Monaco, the series’ final season finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of
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Noah Centineo Crushes Hard on Camila Mendes in Netflix's The Perfect Date Trailer

We hope you're ready to fall in love with Noah Centineo all over again because from the looks of this trailer, his newest romantic comedy for Netflix is going to showcase even more sides of his hunkiness.

The actor, who became quite the summer heartthrob last year thanks to his turn as Peter Kavinsky

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Viacom Shares Spike on DirecTV Deal, Renewed CBS Merger Chatter

Viacom shares soared 10% on Tuesday after the company reaffirmed financial guidance for its media networks wing on the heels of sealing a hard-fought carriage renewal agreement with At&T’s DirecTV.

The stock gain underscored the importance of maintaining its presence on DirecTV and other At&T channel bundles. Viacom on Tuesday reaffirmed its guidance of affiliate fee growth in the low single digits for the fiscal year 2019. Also putting some wind at Viacom’s sale is renewed speculation about movement on a CBS-Viacom reunion now that the At&T carriage renewal is locked.

The reaffirmation of financial guidance was
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CBS Sets Dates for Elementary's Final Season, Instinct's Return, Treasure Hunt

Elementary‘s end will begin in late May, CBS announced on Tuesday.

The detective drama’s seventh and final, 13-episode season will launch on Thursday, May 23 at 10/9c, after S.W.A.T. has wrapped its sophomore run. As the farewell salvo opens, Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ Stateside legal trouble threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach
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‘Better Things’ Renewed for Season 4 at FX

FX has renewed Pamela Adlon’s comedy series “Better Things” for a fourth season. The fourth season is slated to air in 2020.

“With every season, ‘Better Things’ becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon’s status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today,” said John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions. “Rarely has there been a show that is so personal and, at the same time, so thoroughly universal in the way it explores modern parenting, family and life. We are thrilled to extend the series for a fourth season and to
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Listen: Univision’s Jessica Rodriguez on Shaking Up a Traditional TV Brand

With new leadership in place at Univision, the network is evolving in ways its fast-growing Hispanic audience in the U.S. might find surprising.

Look no further than the broadcaster’s primetime schedule, according to Jessica Rodriguez, Cmo of Univision Communications and president/COO of Univision Networks, who relied on audience research to shake up traditional notions of what viewers could expect from the brand.

Listen to the podcast here:

“What you have suddenly is a primetime that looks very different hour to hour,” said Rodriguez on the latest episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business.” “Now you have a differentiated product.
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Ava DuVernay, Toby Emmerich, Michael Douglas to Speak at Produced By Conference

Ava DuVernay, Toby Emmerich, Michael Douglas to Speak at Produced By Conference
Ava DuVernay, Toby Emmerich, and Michael Douglas will speak at the Producers Guild of America’s 11th Produced By Conference.

The event will be held on June 8-9 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

Other notable speakers include Netflix executive Cindy Holland; Blumhouse producer Marci Wiseman; “Homecoming” showrunners Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz; Entertainment One executive Peter Micelli; Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson on “The Simpsons”; and Peter Roth, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group.

DuVernay is the creator of Netflix’s Central Park Five miniseries “When They See Us” and the Own series “Queen Sugar.
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Jussie Smollett's Empire Bosses React to Dropped Charges: 'We Are Gratified'

Jussie Smollett's Empire Bosses React to Dropped Charges: 'We Are Gratified'
The producers behind Empire are reacting to Tuesday’s stunning turn of events that found prosecutors dropping all charges against Jussie Smollett. In a statement, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox network said, “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”

Despite initially having the support of his Empire family, Smollett was ultimately written out of this season’s final episodes. In a statement at the time, Empire EPs (led by Lee Daniels) said, “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us.
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Brady Confronts Chloe

Days of Our Lives fans were not surprised to see that Hope had a lot to say to Ted. She’s already been in a lot of trouble in her personal life because of him and what he did to her and to Rafe, but they have put their life back together to make things right. She’s not about to allow this man to get in her way and make things a mess for her – again – and she’s not going to see things take a turn for the worse, either. She gave him a warning that extends into their

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Brady Confronts Chloe
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Chicago P.D. Sneak Peek: Is Burgess' New Relationship Already in Trouble?

Chicago P.D. Sneak Peek: Is Burgess' New Relationship Already in Trouble?
It’s a good thing Charles Michael Davis is easy on the eyes, because Chicago P.D.‘s Burgess might have some issues with her new boyfriend’s job.

In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek from Wednesday’s episode (NBC, 10/9c), Burgess brings political consultant Blair (played by The Originals vet Davis) a morning-after pork chop sandwich — “It’s the true taste of Chicago,” she explains — which leads to some very cute banter. But then his work comes calling, prompting Burgess to wonder, “Why is the black man working so hard to make a white cop the next mayor?” For Blair,
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Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar Sign New Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox

Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar Sign New Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox
Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” executive producers Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar have signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

The move marks the third overall the studio has signed since it officially became a part of Disney, after “Pretty Little Liars” producer I. Marlene King and “Daredevil” creator Drew Goddard both inked deals in the last week.

Kasdan and Mar have had an overall deal with the studio since 2012, and under their new multi-year contract, they will develop, produce and direct projects for network, cable and streaming platforms through their production company,
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Jussie Smollett: News of Dropped Charges Draws Strong Reactions on Both Sides

Jussie Smollett: News of Dropped Charges Draws Strong Reactions on Both Sides
The news that the charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett have been dropped drew strong reactions on both sides of the issue online Tuesday.

The official Twitter account of the “Empire” writers’ room celebrated the news, tweeting a photo of the news being announced and the message “See y’all Wednesday.” Others accused the actor and musician of calling in political favors in order to get the charges dropped, with some accusing former President Barack Obama of intervening on Smollett’s behalf. Another said that both Smollett and the Chicago police department had damaged their reputations during the investigation.

Read more reactions below.
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Disney’s French Chief Jean-Francois Camilleri Exiting, Helene Etzi Upped

Jean-Francois Camilleri is leaving Disney after more than 30 years and will replaced as the head of its French operation by Helene Etzi.

Sources said Camilleri’s departure was his own decision. He announced his exit on Twitter, Tuesday, and paid tribute to his team and colleagues at Disney, thanking them for the “unique adventure.”

In the U.S., a swathe of job cuts followed in the wake of Disney closing its deal for a raft of Fox assets. In France, the Mouse has filled Camilleri’s domestic responsibilities by upping Etzi. It was not immediately clear whether she will also
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Sal Petruzzi, Turner’s U.S. Communications Chief, to Step Down

Sal Petruzzi, who has supervised U.S. communications outreach for the Turner suite of media businesses, will step down from the role as the unit, once part of Time Warner, is making a transition under the ownership of At&T.

“There comes a point in your career when it is time to say goodbye,” Petruzzi said in a memo to staff released Tuesday. “After nearly 16 years at Turner, it is now my time to say goodbye. It’s been a terrific journey, but the time is right for me to move on from Turner as the company begins to write a new chapter as WarnerMedia.
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Jussie Smollett Gives Emotional Statement After Charges Are Dropped

Jussie Smollett Gives Emotional Statement After Charges Are Dropped
Shortly after prosecutors formally dropped charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, the embattled Empire actor held a press conference to discuss the new development.

“First of all, I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have supported me, prayed for me, who showed me so much love,” Smollett began. “No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will be forever grateful.”

He continued, “I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been
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