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With almost a decade of Game of Thrones ending this week, the internet is ablaze with chatter about whether those last sucker punches were fitting, whether cted] should have cted] cted] or if it was better or worse than Lost, Dexter – or literally any other show.

Related: Was the Game of Thrones ending the cheesiest in TV history?

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How ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ is Submitting Correspondents For Emmys

  • Variety
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” may have finally found a way to get its correspondents some Emmy love. In a first, the late-night show is submitting its team of on-air contributors in the comedy guest actor and guest actress categories.

Competing for a nomination in the outstanding guest actor in a comedy series category will be Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Roy Wood Jr. and Jaboukie Young-White. And in the hunt for an outstanding guest actress in a comedy series nod will be the show’s Desi Lydic and Dulcé Sloan.

It might seem unusual to submit that group as “guest” performers, given that they’re permanent members of “The Daily Show” team. But because they’re all only seen occasionally on the show, not every night, they fit the guidelines.

Specifically, the Television Academy’s Emmy rules stipulate that “performers on variety sketch series may enter in lead,
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‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow

  • Variety
‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow
John Lithgow has joined the cast of the upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series at HBO, Variety has learned. He joins previously announced series lead Matthew Rhys as well as Tatiana Maslany.

“Perry Mason” was ordered to series back in March. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, described as a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of Mason. A mentor and a father figure to Mason, E.B. is handed the kind of case he hasn’t seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the Lapd involving a case of child kidnapping.
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CBS Ekes Out Q1 Profit Gain, but Misses Wall Street Revenue Target

  • Variety
CBS Corp. said first-quarter operations grew thanks to Super Bowl advertising and an uptick in streaming-video subscriptions, and the company trumped Wall Street’s profit estimates even as it missed predictions for revenue.

The New York owner of the CBS television network and the Showtime premium-cable channel said results during the period benefited from an 18% hike in ad revenue derived largely from its broadcast in February of Super Bowl Liii as well as a 13% increase in revenue from distribution and affiliate fees, which were led by growth in subscriptions to the company’s streaming services.

CBS said it had a first-quarter profit of $1.58 billion, or $4.21 per share. Adjusted for one-time gains and costs, earnings per share came to $1.37, the company said. Revenue in the period came to $4.167 billion. Analysts had expected revenue of $4.3 billion.

Operating income in the period rose to $1.23 billion, compared with $772 million in the year-earlier period. CBS
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American Gods Renewed For Season 3 at Starz With New Showrunner

The hit Starz series, American Gods, based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, has now officially been renewed for its third season. The series just started its second season at Starz and has just found a new showrunner for the series in Charles “Chic” Eglee, who has experience in writing and running shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, andThe Shield. That experience gives me a lot of faith that Eglee is a fantastic choice and will do great things for the series.

Starz programming boss Carmi Zlotnik had this to say about the addition of Eglee in a statement:

“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of American Gods and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come,”

and then added:

“With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the
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American Gods Renewed for Season 3, With Shield Ep as New Showrunner

It helps to know people deities in high places: Starz has renewed American Gods for Season 3 not even a week after its Season 2 premiere, the network announced Friday.

Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Shield, Dexter) will take over as showrunner, a position held previously by Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Jesse Alexander.

“I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” executive producer/author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the book on which the series is based, said via statement. “Chic is the best partner-in-crime.
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‘American Gods’ Gets Season 3 Renewal – and a New Showrunner

  • The Wrap
‘American Gods’ Gets Season 3 Renewal – and a New Showrunner
American Gods” has been renewed for a third season at Starz, with Charles “Chic” Eglee named as the new showrunner.

The second season, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, debuted this past Sunday.

“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of ‘American Gods’ and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”

Eglee has previously worked on series including “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter” and “The Shield.”

Also Read: Neil Gaiman on 'American Gods' Season 2 Troubles: 'Hysteria Is
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‘American Gods’ Names Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee Showrunner, Gets Season 3 Renewal

  • Variety
‘American Gods’ Names Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee Showrunner, Gets Season 3 Renewal
American Gods” is returning with a new showrunner.

The Fremantle-produced Starz television series based on the Neil Gaiman novel has officially been picked up for a third season and has tapped Charles “Chic” Eglee to lead the season as showrunner and executive producer. The news comes less than a week after the show launched its second season.

Eglee’s credits include “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter,” and “The Shield.” He is repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly.

He will now be the third showrunner at the helm of the series. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green served as co-showrunners during the first season but departed over clashes with Fremantle over the show’s budget and creative direction. Jesse Alexander shepherded “Gods” through its second season, but he was reportedly sidelined during production without being officially let go.

“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season,
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France's Canal Plus unveils details of Netflix rival

Canal+ Séries will offer original shows and international acquisitions.

France’s Canal Plus Group has announced details of its new streaming service dedicated to high-end TV drama series, which is due to launch via any of its subscriptions packages via on March 12.

Canal+ Séries will offer a combination of Canal Plus’s highly-regarded Créations Originales shows as well as acquisitions of high-end international series. The move is the latest attempt by the pay-tv giant to re-position itself in France’s premium content market, which has been heavily disrupted by the arrival of Netflix and other global digital players.

Figures released in February revealed Netflix,
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France's CanalPlus Unveils New Netflix Rival With Showtime, FX Content

Just eight months after folding its CanalPlay subscription VOD service, CanalPlus is launching its latest Netflix rival, which will be called Canal+Series and stream content from its exclusive content deals with Showtime and FX, as well as CanalPlus' own originals.

That means series including CanalPlus' Versailles, Guyana and the upcoming CanneSeries opener Vernon Subutex will be on the streamer, alongside Showtime's Billions and Smilf and FX's What We Do in the Shadows, The Americans, Sons of Anarchy and Dexter, among others.

It will also feature handpicked global hits, including U.K. Channel 4's Catastrophe and BBC America's Killing Eve. The new season of Italian hit Gomorra will ...
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Hollywood Worries: Will HBO Still Be the Home of Prestige TV After Richard Plepler’s Departure?

  • The Wrap
Hollywood is paying close attention to what HBO’s new owners will do with the network now that Richard Plepler’s long run of hits, awards and acclaim is coming to a close.

“HBO is the gold standard. I hope they stick with quality not quantity,” said Judd Apatow, whose shows “Girls” and “Crashing” are among HBO’s critical darlings. “Their choices over the next few days and weeks will tell us a lot about the direction they are choosing to go in.”

Plelper announced Thursday that he will exit the network where he greenlit successes like “Veep” and “Game of Thrones.” HBO is now the property of At&T, overseen by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, who has called on HBO to substantially increase subscriptions and the amount of time that viewers spend watching.

Also Read: David Levy Steps Down From Turner: Read His Internal Memo Here

That sounds like a reversal of Plepler’s strategy,
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‘The Enemy Within’ Review: Jennifer Carpenter Saves This Self-Serious FBI Show

‘The Enemy Within’ Review: Jennifer Carpenter Saves This Self-Serious FBI Show
The Enemy Within” is a generic FBI show with a generic title (although not more generic than Dick Wolf’s “FBI” on CBS) that had the good sense to cast Jennifer Carpenter as a helpful traitor. In the new series from Ken Woodruff, Carpenter plays Erica Shepherd, a former CIA operative who has spent the last three years in a Supermax prison after she betrays four other CIA agents who are killed. FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) needs her help in capturing a terrorist mastermind who appears to be bent on escalating attacks.

Operating on the idea that there are currently 100,000 foreign spies in the U.S. today, the series capitalizes on the xenophobia and paranoia in today’s political climate as its central task force hunts down the foes that walk among us.

After Carpenter earned critical acclaim for the “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and eight years on “Dexter,
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Josh Cooke Joins Katey Sagal in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Nana’

  • Variety
Josh Cooke Joins Katey Sagal in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Nana’
Josh Cooke has been cast in a lead role in the ABC hybrid comedy pilot “Nana” opposite Katey Sagal, Variety has learned.

Cooke will play Alex, a fire chief in Indianapolis who is a newly widowed single father of two girls. It’s clear that he is in over his head with the girls, but he is reluctant to hire help and can’t imagine letting a stranger look after his children. Overly protective and a bit controlling, the last thing he wants is to welcome his late wife’s chaotic, disruptive and inappropriate mother, Nana (Katey Sagal), into the home. After seeing Nana interacting with the girls, he’s forced to reconsider his stance; she might be exactly what the family needs in the face of their recent loss.

Cooke’s recent television roles include stints on shows like “Castle Rock” (pictured), “Grace and Frankie,” “Bull,” “The Marvelous Mrs.
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Jennifer Carpenter on Treating ‘The Enemy Within’ Character as ‘Life After Death’

  • Variety
Jennifer Carpenter on Treating ‘The Enemy Within’ Character as ‘Life After Death’
After spending eight seasons on a premium cable drama (Showtime’s “Dexter”) and one on a broadcast procedural (CBS’ “Limitless”), Jennifer Carpenter is placing her bets back on broadcast. She stars as former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, who gave up classified information to some very bad people in order to keep her daughter safe, in the NBC drama “The Enemy Within” from Ken Woodruff. The goal of the show is “to make the audience work really hard to get ahead of us,” and therefore, she hopes, will elevate the offerings on broadcast.

“I want to do the muscling of raising the bar for network television to feel like the complicated world of cable,” Carpenter tells Variety. “I think [this show] begs a larger question, like ‘Who do you trust in your life and on a wider scope in your government, your country? Are you checking your sources? Are you doing things based
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‘Interrogation’: ‘The Wire’ & ‘The Walking Dead’ Director Ernest Dickerson To Direct Majority Of CBS All Access Drama

  • Deadline
‘Interrogation’: ‘The Wire’ & ‘The Walking Dead’ Director Ernest Dickerson To Direct Majority Of CBS All Access Drama
Exclusive: The Wire and The Walking Dead director Ernest Dickerson has been tapped to direct the majority of CBS All Access’ straight-to-series true-crime drama Interrogation.

Dickerson, who has worked as director of photography on many of Spike Lee’s films including Do The Right Thing and Mo Better Blues, will direct six of the ten episodes and has also come on board to exec produce the series.

The drama stars The OutsidersKyle Gallner, X-Men: Apocalypse’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, Peter Sarsgaard and David Strathairn and has a unique structure with nine episodes of the series released to watch in any order with the conclusive season finale released at a later date. Each episode of the series is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective.

Co-created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, Interrogation is
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Sean Patrick Flanery in 100 Yards Available on DVD and Digital on March 5th

Rlje Films (Nasdaq: Rlje) will release 100 Yards on Digital and DVD on March 5, 2019. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery (“Dexter”), Steven Brewis (“Tabloid”), Danielle Rayne (“Switched at Birth”) and Rebecca Lim (“The Pupil”). The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter Ross Campbell who co-directed with Dale Fabrigar (Lonely Boy). Rlje Films will release 100 Yards on DVD for an Srp of $27.97.

In 100 Yards, Rich Porter (Steven Brewis) had it all: talent, good looks and a bright future playing quarterback for an American football team…then tragedy struck. His mother goes missing while volunteering in a remote area of the Philippines, and Rich’s attempts to find her are in vain. Giving in to despair, he receives more bad news when he is diagnosed with cancer. Then, at the hospital, a young boy with the same condition and a compassionate nurse do their best to bring hope back to the ailing Rich.
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'Pretty Broken' Acquired by Freestyle Digital Media for March Release

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American rights to the dramedy Pretty Broken. Pretty Broken debuts on VOD and will be available to rent and own on North American digital HD internet and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on March 1, 2019. Pretty Broken will also be released theatrically in Los Angeles on March 1st and will be available on DVD.

Pretty Broken tells the story of Lindsey Lou (Jillian Clare), an unemployed, college drop-out on the verge of divorce who finds herself couch surfing at her childhood home while her family grieves the death of her father. As the family tries to put the past behind them, Lindsey fights to keep his memory alive before her mother, Caroline Lou (Stacy Edwardse), replaces him with a younger man, Jerry Carlyle (Tyler Christophere).

Pretty Broken stars Jillian Clare, Tyler Christopher, Stacy Edwards,
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Can't Trust a Single Soul After Binge-Watching Netflix's You? Join the Club

If you're one of the people who speed-watched You over the holidays, chances are you've put your Instagram on private, bolted your curtains shut, and sworn off dating for the remainder of the year. It's such a fun show though, right?! With a twisted Penn Badgley at its helm, the thriller explores the budding romance between a fairly unobservant aspiring writer and her stalker. It's been compared to Gossip Girl and Dexter, with a sprinkling of Pretty Little Liars.

You originally aired on Lifetime in September, but it's since been acquired by Netflix and hit the streaming site on Dec. 26 - hence the recent and seemingly sudden spike in viewership. While the debut season certainly left us with enough to process, Netflix has also confirmed that a second season is in the works, and moving forward, You will be considered one of its original series. In the meantime, let's reflect
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Gary Levine, Jana Winograde Named Showtime Co-Presidents of Entertainment

  • Variety
Gary Levine and Jana Winograde have been named co-presidents of entertainment at Showtime Networks, the company announced Thursday.

The pair will develop and supervise all Showtime programming, including comedy, drama, unscripted, documentaries and film, overseeing production, program operations, business affairs, casting, scheduling, research and home entertainment. They will also be liaisons to CBS’ international and domestic distribution groups. Additionally, Winograde will become a board member of Smithsonian Networks, also a division of CBS Corp.

The move comes shortly after David Nevins’ elevation in October to chief creative officer of CBS Corporation and chairman of Showtime, adding to his existing position as CEO of the premiere cable network.

“Gary and Jana are peerless in their roles. Both command great respect from their colleagues inside and outside the company, and they have been key in driving our growth,” said Nevins in a statement. “As we invest more deeply in creating world class content for our audiences,
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‘NYPD Blue’ Pilot at ABC Casts Original Series Actors Bill Brochtrup, Kim Delaney

  • Variety
‘NYPD Blue’ Pilot at ABC Casts Original Series Actors Bill Brochtrup, Kim Delaney
The potential continuation of “NYPD Blue” at ABC is bringing back some familiar faces.

Kim Delaney will reprise her role as Det. Diane Russell in the pilot, while Bill Brochtrup will return in the role of Police Administrative Assistant John Irvin. They join previously announced new cast member Alona Tal, who will play female lead Det. Nicole Lazarus.

Delaney joined the hit cop drama in its second season and stayed with the show until its eighth season. Since appearing on “NYPD Blue,” Delaney had a major role in the series “Army Wives” and has appeared on shows such as “The O.C.,” “The Oath,” and “Chicago Fire.” She is repped by Gersh, Zero Gravity Management, and Link Entertainment.

Brochtrup also joined “NYPD Blue” in Season 2, staying with the show until its final episode. His credits since include “Dexter,” “Shameless,” “Without a Trace,” and a recurring role on the TNT series “Major Crimes.
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