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"Sharp Objects" Alum Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct HBO’s ''Gorilla and the Bird" Adaptation

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Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects” alum Jean-Marc Vallée has re-teamed with HBO for yet another limited series.

The director has signed on to direct and executive produce the network’s upcoming adaptation of “Gorilla and the Bird,” HBO announced on Monday.

An adaptation of the memoir by former attorney Zack McDermott, the series is described as “an inspirational tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son.” Bryan Sipe, who previously collaborated with Vallée on the 2015 Jake Gyllenhaal-led film “Demolition,” is executive producer and showrunner on the limited series.
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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix in January, that’s where.

The streamer revealed Monday that its Gina Rodriguez-led “Carmen Sandiego” animated series will launch Jan. 18.

The 20-episode season will drop before the premiere of Netflix’s live-action “Carmen Sandiego” movie, which also stars Rodriguez in the titular role.
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Vin Diesel To Produce Cop Drama "Conway" at NBC

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Vin Diesel To Produce Cop Drama
NBC has put in development Conway, a crime drama about a brilliant detective from Vin Diesel, his One Race TV and Universal Television, where Diesel and One Race TV are under a deal.

Written by Jonny Umansky, Conway centers around St. Louis detective Cal Conway, who finds his world turned upside down when he wakes up from a coma with exceptional cognitive abilities. Returning to the force, he sets out to solve the city’s most complex cases but the discovery of a lethal side effect makes Cal wonder whether his new abilities are more of a blessing or a curse.

The series is inspired by a real world condition, affecting just 50 people around the world, who have survived traumatic brain injuries. In these rare instances, the brain responds to trauma in spectacular ways, resulting in individuals suddenly possessing extraordinary new genius-level talents and cognitive abilities.

Umansky executive produces with
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"30 Rock" Alum Katrina Bowden Joins "Bold and the Beautiful" as Series Regular

"30 Rock/link"] vet Katrina Bowden is returning to her soap opera roots with a series-regular role on CBS’ "The Bold and the Beautiful," TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actress — who made her acting debut in 2006 via a multi-episode arc on ABC’s now-defunct One Life to Live — will play Flo, a character who shares a past with Dr. Reese Buckingham’s (Wayne Brady). Her first episode is slated to air on Jan. 14.

Bowden appeared in all seven seasons of 30 Rock as Liz Lemon’s assistant Cerie Xerox. Additional TV credits include guest stints on Psych, Ugly Betty and New Girl, as
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Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings

Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings
Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers in the U.K., and strong ratings in the U.S.

British viewers tuned in in droves to the first episode of the current season. With 11 million viewers (consolidated), it was the second-biggest drama audience of the year and the best launch for “Doctor Who” in a decade in the U.K.

Overnight ratings declined steadily over the course of the series,
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Tom DeLonge Paranormal Series "Strange Times" in Development at TBS (Exclusive)

Tom DeLonge Paranormal Series
Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge left the hugely successful band in 2015 in part to explore other opportunities, including his interest in aliens and the paranormal. His passion resulted in the acclaimed graphic novel, “Strange Times,” which is now being turned into a series for TBS.

The series, which Variety can exclusively announce is being put into development, will be written and executive produced by Aaron Karo. DeLonge, The Cartel’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Strike Entertainment’s Russell Binder will serve as executive producers.

DeLonge, who played guitar in Blink and fronted his own band, Angels and Airwaves,
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"Power" Shuts Down Production After Crew Member Killed

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The Starz series “Power” has shut down production after an on-set accident led to the death of a production assistant early Monday morning.

Pedro Jimenez was setting up traffic cones for a shoot in Brooklyn at approximately 4:30 Am ET when he was struck by an SUV. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘Power’ family,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”

It is unknown at this time precisely how long the production shut down will last. “Power” is currently in production on its sixth season.

More to come…
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Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving Today in April — Watch Her Announcement

Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving Today in April — Watch Her Announcement
Kathie Lee Gifford, who has co-hosted Today‘s fourth hour with Hoda Kotb for more than a decade, will be leaving the NBC morning show in April.

NBC News president Noah Oppenheim first announced Gifford’s departure in a memo on Tuesday, which was shared with our sister site Deadline, before Gifford revealed her plans to leave on Tuesday’s Today broadcast.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it’s time to leave Today,” Oppenheim wrote, adding that Gifford is stepping away in order to “focus her attention full-time on other creative endeavors.
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ABC Seeks $2 Million to $3 Million for Oscars Ads (Exclusive)

ABC Seeks $2 Million to $3 Million for Oscars Ads (Exclusive)
Kevin Hart won’t be showing up for the Oscars, but advertisers will.

Walt Disney’s ABC has sold more than three-quarters of its commercial inventory for its February 24 broadcast of the glitzy awards fest, according to Jerry Daniello, senior vice president, entertainment brand solutions, for Disney ad sales, pacing ahead of its progress at this time last year. He declined to comment on the price of a spot in the event, but two media buyers familiar with negotiations for advertising in the event say ABC is seeking between $2 million and $3 million for a 30-second ad.

“We are working lockstep with the Academy,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Rachel Maddow

Seeing how this nation is so politically-charged these days you might feel one way or another about Rachel Maddow since she’s pretty open about what she believes and isn’t shy about going on air to tell people what just popped into her head. Some think that she gives the details and news that she covers in a fair and even-handed manner while others tend to think that she’s a bit uneven in her delivery and allows her personal bias to get in the way of facts. In regards to her show one has to remember that her personal bias is

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Rachel Maddow
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Golden Globes' New TV Award Named for First Recipient Carol Burnett

Golden Globes' New TV Award Named for First Recipient Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett isn’t just receiving an award at the 76th Annual Golden Globes: She is the award.

The TV icon will receive the Globes’ first-ever special achievement accolade for television, which has aptly been named the Carol Burnett Award.

Equivalent to the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors achievement in film at the Globes, the Carol Burnett Award will be presented annually to an honoree who has made “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen,” according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s official announcement. Recipients will be chosen based on their body of TV work, as
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Protests Outside But No Fireworks Inside CBS’ Annual Shareholders Meeting

Protests Outside But No Fireworks Inside CBS’ Annual Shareholders Meeting
A small group of protestors chanted “No money for Les” outside of CBS Corp.’s annual shareholders meeting in New York on Tuesday, but inside there were no questions from shareholders about the sexual misconduct scandal that has enveloped the company and former chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves.

The meeting held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was concluded in less than 30 minutes. Interim chairman Strauss Zelnick told several dozen shareholders in attendance that the company’s search for a new CEO was “in process” and “will wrap up in due course.”

Shareholders focused their questions on such topics as the state
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Fox Reshapes Ad-Sales Unit as Disney Deal Nears (Exclusive)

Some of 21st Century Fox’s best-known ad-sales executives will leave the company when it closes a large sale of its assets to Walt Disney in 2019.

Bruce Lefkowitz, executive vice president of ad sales at Fox; Mike Denby, a senior vice president of ad sales; and Jake Piasecki, another senior vice president, are slated to leave Fox when it sells the bulk of its holdings to Disney next year, according to four people with knowledge of the matter. The executives could potentially be hired by Disney, two of these executives said.

Fox declined to make executives available for comment.

Their
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Top 10 Lists Deserve Your Respect: Why This Annual Tradition Matters

As the year comes to a close, Best Of lists come rolling out — and with them, their condemnation. Criticism is never been universally beloved, and the rise of user-created reviews has made questioning critics more commonplace and widespread. What better time to target critics than with year-end reviews?

These Top 10 or Top 25 or what-have-you lists can never please everybody. Distilling an entire year’s worth of anything into a discrete and definitive number is inevitably short-sighted; this endeavor fills critics, even Pulitzer Prize-winning ones, with dread. How can such a daunting task be handled with any semblance of authority?

And yet, lists will persist. Viewers have an vested interest because, as fans, they support these shows. Thus, they invite consumers to engage with both critics and creators, building a stronger community mindset. Here’s a few more reasons why Best Of lists are frivolous, essential, and not going anywhere.

1. They
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2018 in Review: Biggest Plot Twists!

Deaths! Resurrections! 150-year time jumps! Our favorite shows served up so many game-changing twists in 2018, we’re pretty sure we have whiplash.

From a certain CW redhead being framed for murder to the unorthodox exit of a fan-favorite zombie slayer, we basically spent this past calendar year permanently gawking at our TV screens. Even with the government-grade spoiler detection equipment at TVLine’s disposal, we never could have seen some of these twists coming.

It should go without saying that this gallery is a veritable spoiler minefield, so you might not want to click inside if you’re behind on
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The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Reese And Zoe Bond

The Bold and the Beautiful fans are not all that amused by what’s happening between Hope and Liam. Their overall job is to make sure that they can keep their own family safe and happy, but they are not doing that so much as they are just focusing on gossip that they have to spread. They are working hard to make sure that Steffy’s life is turned upside down, which means they are not focusing on the things that are actually important in their lives. They will – once again – discuss just how much they are upset and angry

The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Reese And Zoe Bond
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Chris McCarthy on Reinventing MTV, Moving From ‘Buy to Build Mentality’

As goes MTV, so goes Viacom. For the industry, there is no stronger measure of the health of Viacom than the state of MTV.

Chris McCarthy, a 15-year Viacom veteran, has been leading the effort to revive the brand since October 2016, when he added oversight of MTV to his portfolio that already included VH1 and Logo. His appointment came just as Bob Bakish was elevated to acting CEO of Viacom.

The pressure was on from the moment McCarthy got the job. Bakish figured the entire company had about nine months to show demonstrable growth to Wall Street. MTV was crucial
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Inside Bob Bakish’s Aggressive Turnaround Plan for Viacom

Bob Bakish was days into his job as CEO of Viacom in late 2016 when he began convening meetings with senior executives to execute a triage effort to save the once-mighty media giant.

Paramount Pictures had just posted a $445 million annual loss. Viacom’s cable networks were in danger of being dropped by major distributors amid a long ratings slump and lack of sizzle in its programming. Morale at the company’s creative hubs in New York and Los Angeles had been battered by months of headlines about a nasty fight between Bakish’s predecessor, Philippe Dauman, and Viacom controlling shareholders Sumner Redstone and Shari Redstone.
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Chicago P.D.'s Sophia Bush Sheds New Light on Exit: 'I Was Really Unhappy'

Chicago P.D.'s Sophia Bush Sheds New Light on Exit: 'I Was Really Unhappy'
Sophia Bush has more to say about why she chose to leave Chicago P.D.

The actress — who departed P.D. in 2017, after playing Det. Erin Lindsay for four seasons — spoke candidly on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast about the on-set conditions that prompted her unhappiness.

“I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable,” Bush said, revealing that she had had an epiphany after attending mental health workshops with the therapeutic program Onsite. “Part of the big break for me [was] saying, ‘No. I don’t necessarily know what it is, but I know that what’s happening is not good
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Carol Burnett to Receive Inaugural Golden Globe Television Special Achievement Award

Carol Burnett to Receive Inaugural Golden Globe Television Special Achievement Award
Carol Burnett will receive the inaugural Golden Globe television special achievement award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) announced Tuesday.

Aptly named the Carol Burnett Award, this new honor will celebrate the highest level of achievement in the medium. Burnett, who is a five-time Globe winner — the most decorated in the television category — will accept the award at the live ceremony in January 2019.

“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ She
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