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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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Netflix Talk Heats Up as Channing Dungey Plots Post-abc Move

Netflix Talk Heats Up as Channing Dungey Plots Post-abc Move
When Channing Dungey closes a door, a bunch of other doors open.

Dungey’s next move has become a subject of speculation in Hollywood’s creative community. Sources tell Variety that the departing ABC Entertainment president is already being pursued by a number of potential suitors for what could be her next big job — Netflix among them.

Buzz around a possible gig for Dungey at Netflix began with the announcement last month that she would leave ABC, and has only grown louder since. What exactly she would do at the streaming service has yet to come into focus. Dungey enjoys
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Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Finale: Team Palladino on That Cliffhanger Ending

Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Finale: Team Palladino on That Cliffhanger Ending
The following story contains major spoilers about Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Season 2 finale — proceed at your own peril

The second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel concluded with Rachel Brosnahan‘s titular comedienne at the mother of all crossroads. Faced with the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as the opening act for Shy Baldwin during his six-month world tour, Midge instinctively throws caution (as well as her estranged husband Joel, current beau Benjamin, her children and her parents) to the wind and accepts the gig. Below, exec producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino answer our burning questions about the
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Audrey Hepburn's Son Is Turning Her 'Formative Years' Into a TV Drama

Audrey Hepburn is instantly recognizable all across the globe. The epitome of an inextinguishable Hollywood star, the legend of Hepburn has outsized the woman herself. But before the legend, there was a woman with a passion, and her son Luca Dotti is determined to bring that version of Hepburn to

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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Gabi Wins?

Days of Our Lives fans aren’t surprised that the week has already started off with a bang. No one likes their lives being totally turned upside down, and that’s exactly what’s happened to Abigail. She’s suffered a mental illness that’s caused her to develop a secondary – and a third – personality that she was unable to control for many weeks. Her other personalities did a few things that might not be considered ideal, and now the victim of her secondary personally – Gabi – is doing all she can to get back at Abby even though she’s got her

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Gabi Wins?
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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 leave the NBC morning show in April.

“I have something to share with everybody, and it’s bittersweet, as these things always are,” Gifford said on Tuesday’s broadcast, pointing to Kotb as she continued, “I’ve been here almost 11 years. Thought I would stay one year, but something happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess. And now, when it’s our 11th anniversary, I’m going to be leaving the Today show.”

She added:
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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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Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’

Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’
Kathie Lee Gifford will leave “Today” after more than a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning franchise.

Gifford wants to spend more time focused on a variety of media projects, and said during Monday’s broadcast that her decision was “bittersweet, as these things are.” She expects to stay with the program through April 7th of next year – her 11th anniversary co-hosting the hour with Hoda Kotb.

“It’s an exciting time for me, and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it’s also hard,” Gifford said on “Today” this morning.
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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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