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Channing Dungey Joins Netflix as VP of Original Content

  • Variety
Former ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey is joining Netflix as the vice president of original content, Variety has learned.

In her new role, she will report to Cindy Holland, who is also vice president of original content. Dungey is expected to start working at the streamer in February.

“We’re delighted to be adding Channing’s expertise, leadership and deep experience to Netflix, and I look forward to partnering with her as we continue to grow and evolve our global network,” said Holland. “I have been a fan of her character and approach from our early days as executives.”

Dungey will partner with Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers including Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, and Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions,
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Channing Dungey Joins Netflix As VP Original Content, Will Work With Shonda Rhimes, The Obamas & Others

Following weeks of speculation, outgoing ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey is officially joining Netflix in a senior leadership role as Vice President of Original Content, reporting to Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. She is expected to start in February.

In this newly created role, Dungey will partner with Holland in setting strategy for Netflix’s original series and will oversee a large and key portion of the slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with such top writer-producers as Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, as well as Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions which has a deal there.

During her ABC tenure, Dungey worked closely with Rhimes and Barris who both came to Netflix after lengthy stints at ABC Studios. While at ABC Studios prior to that, Dungey also worked with Noxon.

“Channing is a creative force whose taste
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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)

Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)
This year, there were nearly 500 scripted television shows on the air, both returning series and new debuts. And while that marks an increase from last year, 2018 also saw its fair share of casualties, with dozens of shows getting axed or coming to a predetermined end. Here are 90 shows that won’t see the light of 2019.

Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 6

Chance” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 9

“Disjointed” (Netflix)

Final episode Jan. 12

Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)

Canceled Jan. 13

The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV)

Canceled Jan. 16

One Mississippi” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

I Love Dick” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Jean-Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Damnation” (USA)

Final episode Jan. 18

The Mayor” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 25

Great News” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 25

The Brave” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 29

Valor” (CW)

Final episode Jan. 29

Dice” (Showtime)

Canceled Jan. 30

Shut Eye” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 30

9Jkl” (CBS)

Final episode Feb. 5

The Librarians” (TNT)

Final episode Feb. 7

“Everything Sucks!
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If You've Been Crushing on Zachary Levi Long Before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . . .

If You've Been Crushing on Zachary Levi Long Before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . . .
Somewhere along the line, Zachary Levi became one of Hollywood's favorite leading men - not that most people would know it. He's currently pulling double duty as a new addition to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and as the titular hero in the upcoming superhero film Shazam!. If you recognize him, you're definitely not alone. Levi has starred in some of the most popular movies of the past several years - and lent his voice to a Disney hero for a new age.

Levi made his television debut in Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, a made-for-tv movie in 2002. After taking on a few smaller roles on sitcoms in the early 2000s (anyone remember the charming Less Than Perfect?), he landed what would be his breakout role: accidental spy Chuck Bartowski on the NBC spy comedy Chuck. For five seasons, from 2007 to 2012, Levi played Chuck, a tech-store nerd who accidentally
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Wme Veteran Ari Greenburg Promoted to President of Talent Agency

  • Variety
Wme veteran Ari Greenburg, one of the original Endeavor staffers who helped build the talent agency that became an industry powerhouse, has been promoted to president.

Greenburg will oversee all daily operations across Wme and its offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London and Sydney. The promotion recognizes the role that Greenburg has played in managing the uber-agency for some time.

Greenburg’s elevation was announced Thursday by Mark Shapiro, who was promoted to president of Wme parent company Endeavor on Monday.

“Over the past few years, Ari has taken on a host of new responsibilities and played an integral role in shaping the vision for the future of the agency. He is a dealmaker without peer, cares deeply about his colleagues, and knows the industry inside and out,” Shapiro said. “As we move into this next chapter, Ari is uniquely positioned to bring Wme to new heights.
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If You've Been Crushing on Zachary Levi Long Before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . . .

Somewhere along the line, Zachary Levi became one of Hollywood's favorite leading men - not that most people would know it. He's currently pulling double duty as a new addition to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and as the titular hero in the upcoming superhero film Shazam!. If you recognize him, you're definitely not alone. Levi has starred in some of the most popular movies of the past several years - and lent his voice to a Disney hero for a new age.

Levi made his television debut in Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, a made-for-tv movie in 2002. After taking on a few smaller roles on sitcoms in the early 2000s (anyone remember the charming Less Than Perfect?), he landed what would be his breakout role: accidental spy Chuck Bartowski on the NBC spy comedy Chuck. For five seasons, from 2007 to 2012, Levi played Chuck, a tech-store nerd who accidentally
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‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’: Tom Mison & Ashley Madekwe To Recur On Hulu Series

  • Deadline
‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’: Tom Mison & Ashley Madekwe To Recur On Hulu Series
Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow) and Ashley Madekwe (Salem) are set to recur on Four Weddings and A Funeral, the Hulu limited series inspired by the British romantic comedy, executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton. Tommy Dewey (Casual) also has been tapped for a guest role.

Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, from MGM Television and Universal TV, with MGM serving as the lead studio, revolves around four American friends — Maya (Natathalie Emmanuel), Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith), Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Duffy (John Reynolds) — who reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings… and a funeral.

Mison will play Quentin, Madekwe is Julia and Dewey is Ted.
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Channing Dungey: Speculation On Move To Netflix Intensifies

  • Deadline
Channing Dungey: Speculation On Move To Netflix Intensifies
Channing Dungey is still at ABC, wrapping things up and working on the transition to her successor as ABC Entertainment president, Karey Burke, but speculation about what she would do next is growing.

As we noted in the story at the time of the announcement of Dungey’s departure, there had been a lot of chatter about her possibly going to Netflix.

A couple of weeks later, that chatter has intensified. There is nothing official, and it is unclear whether Dungey has even met with the Netflix toppers yet, but she is considered a great choice to join the company’s executive ranks with her strong Hollywood relationships and the respect she has among her peers.

There would be a lot of possibilities for Dungey at Netflix on the programming side, including working with Shonda Rhimes or Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company — both based at Netflix with rich deals.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories': Edward Burns Joins Apple Anthology Series

  • The Wrap
Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories': Edward Burns Joins Apple Anthology Series
Edward Burns has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” an Apple reboot of the Academy Award winner’s ’80s anthology series, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

The “Saving Private Ryan” actor will star in and executive produce an episode of the upcoming show, playing Bill Kaminski, a government agent. Mark Mylod (“Game of Thrones”) will direct the episode. Austin Stowell and Kerry Bishé will also star.

This marks the first casting news for the anthology series — produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television — which has begun production in Atlanta.

Also Read: 'Once Upon a Time' Duo Replaces Bryan Fuller as Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Showrunners

Amblin’s Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), David A. Goodman, Chris Long (“The Americans”), and showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are executive producing.

Kitsis and Horowitz’ addition to the project
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Bruce Dern Back At Work On Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ After Jogging Injury

  • Deadline
Bruce Dern Back At Work On Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ After Jogging Injury
Bruce Dern is back at work on Showtime’s new series Black Monday after fracturing a hip during a jog at the Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles in October.

A tweet from Dern’s account went out today noting, “Can’t keep a good man down. Back at work on #Black Monday.”

The 82-year-old Dern, who recently finished filming on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood in the role of rancher George Spahn, was hospitalized briefly in October following the jogging accident.

In addition to Tarantino’s Charles Manson-era Once Upon a Time, Dern co-stars in Focus Features’ The Mustang, set for a premiere at Sundance.

Black Monday is a Showtime half-hour Wall Street comedy series starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall that premieres in 2019. Guest starring are Dern, Melissa Rauch, Horatio Sanz, Julie Hagerty, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Russ and Jason Michael Snow.
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Adam Driver featured in first image from The Torture Report

Vice Studios has unveiled the first image of Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in the upcoming drama The Torture Report, which is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program post 9/11 and its use of extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

The Torture Report is being directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion, and features a cast that also includes Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Ted Levine (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Maura Tierney (The Affair), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) and Noah Bean (Damages).

Via Reddit

The post Adam Driver featured in first image from The Torture Report appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Sabrina Adds Angel's Alexis Denisof to Play [Spoiler]'s Boyfriend in Season 2

Sabrina Adds Angel's Alexis Denisof to Play [Spoiler]'s Boyfriend in Season 2
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is conjuring up a new role for a Buffy and Angel alum: Alexis Denisof has joined the cast of Netflix’s bewitching drama for Season 2, TVLine has learned.

Denisof will recur as Ms. Wardwell’s boyfriend Adam Masters, who “returns to Greendale after a stint overseas working with Physicians Without Frontiers — unaware that his fiancée has been taken over by the demoness Madam Satan,” per the streamer. The actor played Wesley on Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s third season, then took the character to spinoff Angel for all five seasons. (He’s also married to Buffy star Alyson Hannigan.
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Fired Up Films & eOne Developing Boxing Drama With ‘Once Upon A Time’s Victoria Smurfit & Micki Pistorius Crime Thriller

  • Deadline
Exclusive: British producer Fired Up Films and Entertainment One (eOne) are developing a pair of scripted projects – a boxing drama written by Once Upon A Time star Victoria Smurfit and a serial killer thriller based on a book by Oscar Pistorius’ aunt.

The indie, which was set up by former Kowalski Media chief Simon Howley and Million Dollar Car Hunters producer Jon-Barrie Waddell last year, and the Designated Survivor studio are developing The Box, written by Once Upon A Time and The Mentalist star Victoria Smurfit.

Working with funding agency, Northern Ireland Screen, the series is a comedy drama set on the North Coast of Ireland based around a female boxing gym. The series is about the unlikely friendships of a group of “odd ducks” in the rain soaked, coastal town of Portstewart.

“We’ve been working with Victoria in La on a factual series and she shared the idea for The Box,
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Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ ‘Struts and Pouts’ Through ‘Dumb,’ ‘Goofy Train Wreck,’ Critics Say

  • The Wrap
Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ ‘Struts and Pouts’ Through ‘Dumb,’ ‘Goofy Train Wreck,’ Critics Say
“Forget history,” so says the new reboot of “Robin Hood” in the film’s opening narration. Although the critics reviewing “Robin Hood” weren’t so quick to forget previous installments of the legend, many hope to quickly erase this one.

The early reviews of “Robin Hood,” starring Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”) and Jamie Foxx in the action-adventure film opening Wednesday, have pegged Otto Bathurst’s (“Peaky Blinders”) film as a lazy retread of “Batman Begins” that borrows the worst traits from Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur” flop and the over-stylized action sequences of “300.”

“Rife with stereotypes, a terrible script, and odd ‘300’-esque cinematography that just doesn’t fit, this is not only a film nobody asked for, but also one that nobody should be forced to endure,” TheWrap’s Yolanda Machado says in her review.

Also Read: Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Creed' Sequels Expected to Top
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Once Upon A Time: 20 Plot Holes Fans Can’t Get Over

Once upon a time, there was a show that featured fairy tale characters living in a small New England town. It started off quite strong, but quickly got so complicated that the writers started to struggle to keep track of every character’s idiosyncrasies and intertwining storylines. Thus, the show remained fun to watch, but descended into an unsalvageable mess full of plot holes.

Of course, we’re talking about Once Upon A Time, ABC’s seven-season hit show where beloved childhood characters scheme, cooperate, turn evil, turn good again, perish in each other’s arms, and come right back to life. From 2011 until 2018, Once Upon a Time entertained viewers for 153 episodes featuring live-action interpretations of beloved Disney and fairy tale characters. However, even the most loyal fans can’t help but notice the many ludicrous gaps in logic where the show’s writers seem to forget about the rules
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ABC Shakeup: Channing Dungey Exits As Entertainment President, Karey Burke To Replace Her

  • Deadline
ABC Shakeup: Channing Dungey Exits As Entertainment President, Karey Burke To Replace Her
Channing Dungey is stepping down as President of ABC Entertainment after less than three years on the job. As usual, Disney has reached within its ranks for a replacement, naming Karey Burke, head of Freeform original programming development, as new ABC Entertainment president.

The move comes ahead of the completion of the 21st Century Fox acquisition by Disney and following the announcement of the Disney-ABC post-merger TV leadership, that includes Fox’s Dana Walden taking oversight of ABC, ABC Studios and Freeform as chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

Ever since that leadership structure was announced with Dungey in her previous position reporting to Walden, there had been speculation that Dungey may leave as she had been tipped to be on track for a bigger role after a solid track record as ABC Entertainment president. Her contract was coming up soon, and according to sources, she was offered
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Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch

  • Indiewire
Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch
As Dana Walden prepares to take over Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, she’s found a new network lieutenant. Channing Dungey is out after nearly three years in the job; Karey Burke will serve as president of entertainment.

Burke was already inside Disney as head of original programming at Freeform; she takes over the ABC job immediately. Once Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox production assets is completed, Burke will report to Walden, the chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment.

The news isn’t a surprise, as Walden was expected to make changes to the Disney/ABC structure. It’s understood that Walden and Dungey aren’t close, and it wasn’t likely that they’d be working together. ABC said it was Dungey’s decision to step down from the role, and insiders noted that Dungey’s contract was coming up, and the exec was ready to try something new.
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‘Nobody’s Princess’ Musical Comedy In Works At the CW From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators, ‘First Date’ Duo & Fulwell 73

  • Deadline
Exclusive: As Crazy Ex Girlfriend is coming to an end, the CW is setting its sights on a new musical comedy series, which puts a contemporary spin on classic fairytale princesses. The network has put in development Nobody’s Princess, from Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date musical), Fulwell 73 (Late Late Show with James Corden) and CBS TV Studios where Fulwell 73 is under a deal.

Written and executive produced by Cardillo, Keith, Zachary and Weiner, Nobody’s Princess is a musical comedy that reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today’s generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in
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25 Weird Things Only True Fans Know About The Making Of Grimm

While it suffered a slow, wobbly start, with its delay due to the 2008 writer's strike and its disconnected, messy first few episodes, NBC's Grimm quickly picked up the pace and took off only like many great series with shaky pilots have done, earning it a devout fan following and a reputation as one of the best fantasy shows on television. Once we got past the initial exposition and a bit of confusion, Nick Burkhardt found his footing and impressed us by balancing his role as a Grimm and a cop who had to toe the line between the law and the monster.

A crime drama about favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters, from Red Riding Hood to the Three Little Pigs, Grimm also employed mythology and monsters from cultures around the world, from Krampus to La Llorona. Producers were quick to note that Grimm wasn't meant to be a fairy tale-based show,
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Ginnifer Goodwin, Kathleen Turner Join 'Dolly Parton's Heartstrings' at Netflix

The second installment of the Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings has cast its lead roles.

Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Kathleen Turner and Kyle Bornheimer (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will star in an episode based on Parton's song "These Old Bones." Each of the eight episodes will be based on a different one of the music legend's songs. 

The series' first episode, "Jolene," will star Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Dallas Roberts along with Parton, who will also introduce each episode.

Jim Strain (Jumanji) is writing "These Old Bones," and Joe ...
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