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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Will Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper & Brandon Victor Dixon break Emmy curse for live musical actors?

NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 1, to excellent reviews (with a current MetaCritic score of 81). In recent years these live theatrical shows have become more popular on broadcast TV, and a few of them have gone on to win Emmys, like Fox’s “Grease Live” and NBC’s own “Hairspray.” But they haven’t broken through in movie/limited series acting categories yet. That could change this year with standout performers Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon and Alice Cooper entering wide-open supporting races.

It’s true that John Legend could be nominated for and win Best Movie/Mini Actor for his leading role as Jesus, and he would gain Egot status in the process, but that race is stacked with admired A-list actors like Al Pacino (“Paterno”), Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose” and “The Child in Time“), Antonio Banderas (“Genius:
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AMC Wants to Own More Hit Shows, and Grabbed Ex-Fox Entertainment President David Madden To Make It Happen

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David Madden may be exactly the executive that AMC needs right now. Madden, who has just been hired as the new president of original programming for AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios, is well-liked, creative, and has done it all as a producer, studio executive, and network boss.

The mandate for Madden (who recently stepped down as Fox Entertainment president) is clear: Like most outlets, AMC Networks is hungry to produce — and own — more of its own content. That’s why, in addition to overseeing programming for AMC, the exec will also do the same for Sundance TV and AMC Studios — the shingle tasked with producing more programming for the AMC Networks suite, which also includes BBC America and IFC.

David Madden is a terrific, thoughtful person and a proven, tested executive,” said AMC/Sundance TV/AMC Studios president Charlie Collier, to whom Madden will report. “He’s known broadly
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HBO Films Redefined the TV Movie — Now It’s Poised to Redefine Itself

694 nominations. 162 wins.

No network has so dominated a category at the Emmy Awards as HBO has TV movies. Its unprecedented run dates back to 1993 with a double win for “Barbarians at the Gate” and “Stalin”; since then, it’s lost just four times.

This year, it has two high-profile contenders — “The Wizard of Lies,” starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” headlined by Oprah Winfrey — as part of the cabler’s overall 111 nominations. Poised to play spoiler are a new iteration of PBS’ “Sherlock” (which won last year) and the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.”

“If you look at the category, we know there are a lot of things that maybe aren’t necessarily movies,” says HBO Films president Len Amato, a not-so-thinly veiled slight against the stand-alone episode of “Black Mirror.” “But we just continue to play our game.”

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David Madden in Talks to Head Programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios

David Madden is poised to segue from Fox Broadcasting entertainment president to head of programming for AMC and SundanceTV.

The veteran TV executive and producer is in negotiations for a top programming post at AMC Networks, where he would also play a big role in running the AMC Studios production arm. Madden’s move would fill a void left in May by former AMC/SundanceTV programming chief Joel Stillerman’s move to Hulu as chief content officer.

Madden has been in discussions with AMC for some time. An AMC Networks rep declined to comment.

Madden’s background as a producer and studio executive is one of the draws for AMC. The company is in the process of beefing up its in-house production operation as its cable channels — AMC, SundanceTV, BBC America, IFC and We TV — seek to own outright more of their original programming.

Madden has spent the past three years steering scripted and unscripted programming for
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Fox Entertainment Names New President in Shake-Up as The Fall Season Gets Underway

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As the networks prepare to launch their new fall TV seasons, Fox is making a change at the top. Michael Thorn has been named Fox’s new entertainment president, replacing David Madden, who is exiting the network after three years and is rumored to be in contention for the top AMC programming job (which has been empty since Joel Stillerman moved to Hulu).

Thorn was most recently executive vice president of development at 20th Century Fox TV, where he worked on series including the NBC hit “This Is Us,” as well as Fox’s “Empire,” ABC’s “Speechless” and CBS’ “Life in Pieces.” He reports to Fox TV Group chairmen/CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, who announced the appointment on Wednesday morning.

“We’ve worked with Michael for the past decade, and in terms of creative chops and leadership skills, he’s one of the best,” Newman and Walden said in a joint statement.
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[Review] The Man Who Knew Infinity

A bit character in Matt Brown‘s affecting biographical drama The Man Who Knew Infinity chants “Din, Din, Din, Gunga Din” a couple times in friendly jest as a response to his employer G.H. Hardy’s (Jeremy Irons) decision to send for an uneducated South Indian man on the merits of a letter presenting the potential for mathematical genius named Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel). We laugh at the line’s delivery as well as Hardy’s humored look of contempt because we embrace levity. What’s ironic, though, is just how close to Rudyard Kipling’s tragic poem this story of a true intellectual legend proves. The “abuse” isn’t physical and Hardy almost instantly acknowledges Ramanujan to be the better mind, but similarities including its depiction of race relations between Britain and India remain.

This is why I found myself enjoying the film as much as I did.
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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.

Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.

Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.

Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles,
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Colossus: The Forbin Project & The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three Director Joseph Sargent Dead At 89

The director that epitomized the 1970’s, Joseph Sargent, has sadly passed away. (1925-2014)

With a career lasting 50 years, Sargent brought to the big screen such thrilling cinema as The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three, MacArthur, White Lightning and Colossus: The Forbin Project.

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay made the following statement upon learning of the passing of director Joseph Sargent:

“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary – for the past 50 years. With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen. He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in Miss Evers’ Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like
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Joseph Sargent, Award-Winning Director, Dead at 89

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Joseph Sargent, the director of the original film adaptation of “The Taking of Pelham 123,” died on Monday at his home in Malibu, California as the result of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 89.

A prolific director who got his start in the 1950s, Sargent has more Emmy wins for television films or mini-series than any other director. He took home four Emmy awards for directing out of nine total nominations. He also won four Directors Guild of America awards out of nine nominations.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos)

The DGA proudly noted of the late director,
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Emmy-Winning Director Joseph Sargent Dies at 89

Emmy-Winning Director Joseph Sargent Dies at 89
Joseph Sargent, director of “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and winner of four Emmys and four DGA Awards, died Monday at his home in Malibu of complications from heart disease. He was 89.

Sargent worked until he was 84. His credits included “Something The Lord Made,” “Warm Springs” “MacArthur,” “The Incident,” “Playing For Time,” “Miss Rose White” “Miss Evers’ Boys” and “Love Is Never Silent.”

He and his wife Carolyn helped co-found Deaf Theatre West as also founded the Free Arts Clinic For Abused Children. He won a Genesis Award for “The Last Elephant.”

Sargent worked during his last decade as the senior filmmaker-in-residence for the directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles and as the first professor of a masters program in film directing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where Sargent and his wife Carolyn have resided for 40 years.

“When it comes to directing Movies for Television,
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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Opens With 1.4 Million Tuned In

HBO FilmsThe Normal Heart delivered a solid 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday night. Debuting nearly three decades after Larry Kramer’s play premiered off-Broadway, the Ryan Murphy-directed project premiered at 9 Pm with an average of slightly less than 1 million viewers tuned in; an additional 434,000 thousand watched at 11:15 Pm. That puts it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that have premiered on the network since 2010. (For comparison’s sake: In March 2012, Game Change, about the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign, snagged an average of 2.1 million viewers on its debut night, which marked the biggest crowd for an HBO original film since 2004′s Something The Lord Made, which snared 2.6 million viewers. In May 2011, Too Big To Fail, about Washington’s bailout of Wall Street, logged 897,000 Live+Same Day viewers in its debut. And 2008′s Recount, about the 2000 presidential election,
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Behind the Candelabra HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, was first aired Sunday evening on HBO. The result: 2.4 million television viewers, the largest audience for an HBO original film in nearly a decade. Another 1.1 million viewers watched a repeat broadcast later in the evening. (Photo: Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra.) Curiously, the flamboyantly gay Behind the Candelabra trailed only another (much more sedate) HBO biopic about the relationship between two disparate men: Joseph Sargent’s Something the Lord Made, about heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def). According to Nielsen, Something the Lord Made was watched by 2.6 million people in late May 2004. Behind the Candelabra: HBO hit
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Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Is the Highest Rated HBO Movie Since 2004

Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Is the Highest Rated HBO Movie Since 2004
The premiere of Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated Liberace biopic "Behind The Candelabra" was a huge ratings success for HBO, giving the network its best ratings for a TV movie since 2004. Read More: Que(e)ries: It Was an Impressively Gay Cannes, But 'Behind The Candelabra' Ended Up Having Little To Do With That "Candelabra" -- which stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival -- was watched by 2.4 million viewers Sunday night at 9pm. The last time an HBO movie managed that feat was Alan Rickman-Mos Def starrer "Something The Lord Made," about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, a pioneer of modern heart surgery. "Lord" found 2.6 million viewers at the time. Read More: Cannes Review: 'Behind the Candelabra' is Steven Soderbergh's Glamorous, Garish and Great Goodbye (For Now) Comparably,
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‘Behind the Candelabra’ Becomes HBO’s Biggest Original Film Since ’04

‘Behind the Candelabra’ Becomes HBO’s Biggest Original Film Since ’04
Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” drew 2.4 million viewers with its premiere telecast Sunday night, becoming the most-watched HBO Film original in nine years.

The pic, helmed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, also drew 1.1 million for its repeat later Sunday for a total of 3.5 million, according to Nielsen.

No HBO Film original has drawn a larger audience since “Something the Lord Made” in 2004.

Last year’s HBO Film originals included “Game Change,” which drew 2.12 million in its premiere, and “The Girl” (722,000).
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HBO’s ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Hits Near-Decade Viewership Record

Steven Soderbergh’s look at the tempestuous secret love affair between Liberace and his onstage driver hit some high notes for HBO on Sunday. Helmed by the Oscar-winning director, Behind The Candelabra was watched by 2.4 million viewers on Sunday at 9 Pm. That’s the most viewers an HBO original movie premiere has garnered since 2.6 million watched Something The Lord Made on May 30, 2004. Candelabra also did considerably better than HBO’s last biopic, on record producer Phil Spector. Starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, the film about Spector’s first trial for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson pulled in 754,000 viewers in its 9 Pm airing on March 24. Overall, Phil Spector had 1.039 million viewers over two plays on March 24. Across two plays Sunday, Candelabra had a total of 3.5 million viewers watching the 9 Pm and 11 Pm broadcasts. Related: Fleming Q&A With Soderbergh: Retirement, Liberace, Legacy Based on Scott Thorson’s 1988 memoir, the
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'Behind the Candelabra' ratings dazzle

'Behind the Candelabra' ratings dazzle
HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra lit up the network’s ratings Sunday night.

The Steven Soderbergh film delivered 2.4 million viewers in its first airing, making it the most-watched HBO Film title in almost a decade (since 2004′s Something the Lord Made). Across two Sunday plays, Candelabra totaled 3.5 million viewers. The performance is especially impressive coming on Memorial Day weekend, when TV viewing levels typically decline several percent. Compare Candelabra’s performance to HBO’s previous recent record-settter Game Change, which had 2.1 million viewers for its Saturday night debut last year.

Candelabra stars Michael Douglas as the Vegas legend
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TV Ratings: HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' Premieres to Strong 2.4 Million Viewers

TV Ratings: HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' Premieres to Strong 2.4 Million Viewers
A whopping 2.4 million viewers went Behind the Candelabra on HBO. The cable network's Sunday premiere of the Liberace biopic brought in its best numbers for an original film since Something the Lord Made opened to 2.6 million viewers in 2004.

Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, the two-hour film pulled an additional 1.1 million viewers for a nightly total of 3.5 million. The film saw its official premiere in Cannes, where it received positive reviews. Behind the Candelabra tops last summer's HBO

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Ratings: Bachelorette Opener Drops Vs. 2012, HBO's Liberace Hits High Notes, Longmire Strong

Ratings: Bachelorette Opener Drops Vs. 2012, HBO's Liberace Hits High Notes, Longmire Strong
The season premiere of The Bachelorette: Desiree Edition drew 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating on Monday night, down 27 percent from the dating show’s year-ago opener — which aired during sweeps and followed a DWTS final dance-off — to hit an all-time low.

A special 20/20: Royal Babies Are Royally Magical* led out of that with a 1.3.

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Over on NBC, The Voice‘s Top 8 sing-off did a 3.1, slipping 11 percent week-to-week. Revolution‘s penultimate freshman hour capped NBC’s night with a 1.9, unchanged from its previous outing. Coil guns!
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R.I.P. Robert F. Chew

Actor Robert F. Chew, best known for the character Proposition Joe he played on HBO’s The Wire, has died. Chew died Thursday at his home in Baltimore of apparent heart failure during his sleep. He was 52. Chew broke into TV with a role in Homicide: Life On The Street and appeared in the miniseries The Corner and the TV movie Something The Lord Made. He also taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players, and he maintained his relationship with the troupe after his career took off with David Simon’s HBO series. He introduced new talent from the group to casting directors and coached young actors who played students in the Baltimore City School system in Season 4 of The Wire. Chew continued to teach in the Arena Players Youth Theatre after The Wire ended production in 2007. ”Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an
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Julianne Moore/Sarah Palin Movie Game Change: HBO Hit

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Game Change Julianne Moore may not get an Oscar nomination early next year, but she seems to have an Emmy nod — probably the award itself — guaranteed thanks to her performance as U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the HBO movie Game Change. As the v.p. selected to run alongside Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Palin was a source of outrage, disgust, mirth, horror, and/or worship, depending on one's point of view: far-right Christian or secular liberal, Tina Fey / Saturday Night Live fan or non-fan. This year, Game Change not only earned Moore great reviews, but according to The Hollywood Reporter it has also become HBO's most successful movie — 2.1 million viewers — since Joseph Sargent's Something the Lord Made (2.6 million in May 2004). That's quite a contrast from the Sarah Palin documentaries that, whether pro or con, bombed miserably at the North American box office last year.
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