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Endemol Shine North America Inks Deal with Reality Producer Justin Hochberg

Reality producer Justin Hochberg, who was part of the launch team behind “The Apprentice” and “The Contender” franchises, has signed a multi-platform deal with Endemol Shine North America, Variety has learned.

Under the exclusive pact, Hochberg and his Just Entertainment Studio team will develop the “next generation of global TV formats,” plus digital content for the company.

“We’re excited to have Justin on our Endemol Shine team to develop the next generation of global TV formats and branded digital content,” Eden Gaha, president of unscripted television for Endemol Shine USA, announced Tuesday. “Justin’s a talented producer with the ability to bring together all of the elements that create major TV franchises.”

Hochberg commented, “The new Endemol Shine is more than a TV juggernaut. Having access to its digital platforms, talent, consumer products and global reach, has already begun paying dividends. I’ve never gotten bigger and better ideas sold faster.
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Charlie Ebersol Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions

Charlie Ebersol Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions has signed an overall deal with reality television producer Charlie Ebersol.

The pact, announced Tuesday by Ucp exec vice president of development, Dawn Olmstead, marks the first-ever overall deal for Ebersol’s production banner The Company in scripted television.

With Ucp, Ebersol will venture further into scripted programming, developing and producing scripted series for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks, plus external and digital networks.

Charlie Ebersol amazes me,” said Olmstead. “He has his hand in all areas of pop culture in very relevant ways. He’s a big thinker with big ideas who looks at our business from a unique perspective. Meetings with Charlie run the gamut from sports to politics and he is incredibly versed in both..”

Ebersol commented, “As The Company has expanded into feature film and scripted television, we’ve placed a premium on partners who instinctively seek to do big things while always producing content that creates joy,
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Castle Recap: A Clutch Victory

So, Castle viewers, it appears we are 2-for-2 thus far in the private eye arc.

Because whereas last week’s episode found much merriment in Rick’s very first case, one which pitted him against Beckett and the boys, this time around there was the entertaining wrinkle of him working his own case — the search for a telenovela star’s valuable purse — which was at first only tangentially, but then directly, related to the murder at hand.

Sure, Rick’s P.I. business has yet to take off, website revamp or not. (Did anyone else freeze-frame the screen to search
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TVLine Items: Will Arnett Lands Netflix Comedy, Revenge Gets Real and More

TVLine Items: Will Arnett Lands Netflix Comedy, Revenge Gets Real and More
Will Arnett is already plotting his post-Millers TV comeback.

The former Arrested Development star has been tapped to lead Flaked, a new comedy series for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Arnett plays a self-appointed guru named Chip who inadvertently falls in love with his best friend’s crush.

Arnett will write Flaked with co-creator Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). The two will executive-produce the series alongside Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Peter Principato (Blask-ish).

Ordered for eight episodes, Flaked will premiere on Netflix in 2016.

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Too Fast Too Serious? Britney Spears Spoils Boyfriend Charlie Ebersol on His Birthday

Too Fast Too Serious? Britney Spears Spoils Boyfriend Charlie Ebersol on His Birthday
Britney Spears is certainly smitten with the new man in her life, writer/producer Charlie Ebersol.

Though the two have only been dating for two months, Charlie has already spent Christmas with Britney and her two sons Preston and Jayden, and now, might have just received an especially extravagant birthday gift from the 33-year-old pop star.

Britney posted these pictures of her and Charlie celebrating his 32nd birthday by riding a pair of horses on Tuesday, captioning the collage, "Birthday horses for my birthday boy."

Photos: Britney Spears and 15 More Unforgettable Stage Styles

Though it's possible the two simply went on a riding trip, knowing Britney's past generosity, it wouldn't be far-fetched to believe that she actually purchased the animals.

She also gave him one very detailed movie-themed cake, complete with fake popcorn and film strips.

"I believe it's clear that I won the birthday cake war!" she wrote.

Britney's referring to her own birthday cake this
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Britney Spears Spends Thanksgiving with New Boyfriend and Sons

Britney Spears Spends Thanksgiving with New Boyfriend and Sons
Britney Spears' new beau seems to be fitting in nicely with her family.

Last month, the 32-year-old "Work B**ch" singer confirmed that she was dating 31-year-old writer and producer Charlie Ebersol. By the end of November, the two were already spending the holidays together and he was hanging with her sons.

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Spears posted an Instagram pic of her in the arms of Ebersol as the couple frolicked on the beach with her boys, Jayden and Sean. She captioned the image: "So grateful for family time this weekend. My boys!"

So grateful for family time this weekend. ❤️ my boys!

Фото опубликовано Britney Spears (@britneyspears) ноя 11, 2014 at 5:28 Pst

The pop princess broke up with her longtime boyfriend David Lucado at the end of the summer, and seems to have happily moved on with her new guy.

Ebersol is the son of former NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol, and besides
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Britney Spears Moves On From Cheating Ex With Charlie Ebersol

Britney Spears Moves On From Cheating Ex With Charlie Ebersol
Love is in the air for Britney Spears.

After multiple reports that the 32-year-old pop star has moved on from ex-boyfriend David Lucado with 31-year-old writer and producer Charlie Ebersol, she all but confirmed the news in an interview with Jersey Shore's Pauly D.

"Yes, there is a special someone. It's very new," she said last night as she was celebrating "Britney Day" in Las Vegas, when she received the keys to the city.

Video: Oops She Did It Again! Britney Spears Takes a Tumble On-Stage

The pair are "taking it very slow," according to People.

"He is the sweetest guy ever and they are very much enjoying getting to know one another," E! Online adds. "They are both very happy and having fun. It's just the beginning so no idea if it will become serious, but right now they are having a lot of fun together."

So just who is the lucky man that caught
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Meet Britney Spears's New Beau: 5 Things to Know About Charlie Ebersol

Meet Britney Spears's New Beau: 5 Things to Know About Charlie Ebersol
This is a great week to be Britney Spears. The singer was honored with the key to the Las Vegas Strip, her smash Planet Hollywood residency added more dates, and - the dashing cherry on top - she has a handsome new beau. The singer, 32, has struck up a new romance with writer and producer Charlie Ebersol, 31. "It's new," a source tells People, adding that the pair "are taking it slow." (Ebersol and a rep for Spears did not immediately comment.) Whether Ebersol is her new steady or a fun autumn bonus remains to be seen, but he definitely has the eligible bachelor thing down!
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The Originals Post Mortem: Ep Talks New Romance, Esther's Revenge Plan and More Rebekah in Season 2

The Originals Post Mortem: Ep Talks New Romance, Esther's Revenge Plan and More Rebekah in Season 2
Monday’s season premiere of The Originals witnessed a major power shift in New Orleans, as old enemies were pushed aside and even older enemies returned to settle their scores.

Related The Originals Season 2: Phoebe Tonkin on Hope’s Return, Hayley’s New Ally

First, a quick recap of the premiere’s biggest twists: Hayley took care of Francesca once and for all; Klaus was restored to full strength, following the destruction of the moonlight rings; new witch “Kaleb” was revealed to actually be Kol; and Finn maneuvered into a new position as Cami’s college advisor “Vincent.”

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The Simpsons top 50 episodes

Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...

Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The
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So, 'Space Jam 2' May/May Not Be in Development with LeBron James

Believe it or not, it's happening. Earlier in the week we posted a Space Jam mod for the NBA 2K14 game, showing just how much fans, oddly, still love that movie. Well, now they're finally, actually, officially making a sequel. Deadline reports that NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol's two sons are working on developing a sequel to Space Jam, tentatively just Space Jam 2, and have already looped in Miami Heat star LeBron James for a role. This may or may not be officially in the works at WB, tying in the animated Looney Tunes characters that get into the mix with the star NBA players. The original 1996 movie starred Michael Jordan. How far along in development is Space Jam 2? A bit further than we expected. Charlie Ebersol ("The Great Escape", "The Moment", "Race to the Scene") is producing at his production company, The Company, from a script by his brother Willie Ebersol,
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50 dedications at the end of movies (and what they mean)

Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08

Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...

Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.

I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications.
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Top 10 war movies

War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best

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10. Where Eagles Dare

As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).

Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one
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Does the UK undervalue quality TV programming?

Last week axed BBC drama The Hour won an Emmy. Does the UK rate its own quality TV programmes highly enough?

Robin Parker, features editor, Broadcast magazine

"It's not BBC2's job to chase ratings," the channel's controller, Janice Hadlow, said in 2011, when she announced series two of The Hour, a critical hit but subject to dwindling ratings in its first run. For the first time since The Cops finished in 2000, BBC2 had a returning drama – and a classy, intelligent one at that. Series two went on to arguably greater dramatic heights and earned writer Abi Morgan an Emmy last weekend (not that many will have noticed given much of the shamefully Us-centric coverage). It's a bittersweet victory for Morgan, as despite ending on a cliffhanger, The Hour was axed in February. Viewers had tailed off but those remaining were a vocal bunch – within a week, one fan's petition to save it had 13,000 signatures.
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True Blood Round Table: "In the Evening"

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Sex, sex and more sex.

The latest episode of True Blood gave our Round Table panelists - Chris O'Hara and Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic, Liz Henderson of - plenty to discuss this week, especially of the naked variety. Which horizontal mambo was the most enticing?

How much will we miss Nora? Does Eric look better with long or short hair? Gather around and join in now!


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Chris: Pam getting her Freud on and taking us into her mind set behind the once glorious scene of Fangtasia. Her insights into human desire were great. It was vintage Pam once again.

Leigh: I have to say, I still love the shock everyone gets when Bill strolls into a room in broad daylight. Arlene was so wasted she thought she was hallucinating. Sookie's reaction was amazing and Lafayette with his beta blockers.
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The Co. Co-Founder Justin Hochberg Exits Shingle (Exclusive)

The Co. Co-Founder Justin Hochberg Exits Shingle (Exclusive)
The Co. co-founder Justin Hochberg is parting ways with his production company and partner Charlie Ebersol, Variety has learned.

Known as the Hochberg Ebersol Co. (The Co.), Hochberg founded the shingle, which focuses on unscripted fare, with Ebersol in 2010. Since its inception, The Co. has launched programs including “The Moment” on USA and TNT’s “The Great Escape.”

As Hochberg exits The Co., Ebersol will take the reins and continue to lead the shingle. The Co. will also change its name to “The Co.” to reflect Hochberg’s departure.

Hochberg is developing a branded entertainment skein with a Fortune 500 company, according to sources, and has the Stateside rights to several international formats.

While it is unclear what led Hochberg to ankle his company and part ways with Ebersol, the shingle’s website has been virtually scrubbed clean of Hochberg’s name. Site’s “About” section now reads: “The Co. was
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True Blood Season 6 Premiere Recap: Kill Bill

In “Who Are You, Really?” the sixth season premiere of True Blood, we get one semi-major death, a coupla big entrances (ack! — it’s The Hitcher!), a werewolf ménage à trois and the perfect new nickname for the post-Lilith merger Bill: Billith. (Well done on that one, Pam. As usual.) So what do you say? Shall we dive in?

The Great Escape | Picking up right where Season 5 left off, Sookie, Eric, Jessica, Pam, Tara, Nora and Jason beat a hasty retreat just as Billith blows Authority HQ to smithereens and flies off like — as Jason so eloquently puts it — a “nekkid evil Superman.
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Fox 2013-2014 Full Schedule Preview With Trailers And Images

Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.

Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.

Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, Episode 160: ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist,’ and more

0:00-3:20 – Introduction; iTunes reviews; what Jeff is drinking

3:20-15:35 – “The Great Gatsby” review

15:35-23:35 – “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” review

23:25-27:40 – “Aftershock” review by Jeff, with Eric’s thoughts on Eli Roth

27:40-42:40 – Qotw (movies that made you change your mind about an actor)

42:40-46:15 – Jeff’s review and idea for a new movie franchise (The Great Escape)

46:15-47:45 – “The Return to Noirville,” a noir festival at Cinema 21 in Portland

47:45-52:10 – Summer Box Office Challenge update

52:10-1:01:25 – Character Casserole, summer blockbuster edition

1:01:25-1:03:45 – Wrap-up, where to find us online, and goodbyes

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Fox Aims for Men with Four Drama Series Orders

Fox Aims for Men with Four Drama Series Orders
The 2013-14 primetime season is starting to take shape, with Fox handing out series orders to four dramas.

The new entrants encompass a legal vehicle toplined by Greg Kinnear, two cop shows — one set 35 years in the future, the other among present-day gang unit — and a time-travel fantasy “Sleepy Hollow.” Fox is clearly leaning toward guy-friendly fare to build on the momentum it has developed this season with the gory serial killer drama “The Following.”

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Kinnear plays a criminal defense attorney with a self-destructive personal life in Sony Picutres TV’s “Rake,” a redo of a Australian series.

Lost” alum Terry O”Quinn stars and Rza star in 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV’s “Gang Related,” an action drama revolving around an elite members of a police gang task force.

Warner Bros. TV’s “Almost Human,” from Abrams and “Fringe” vet J.H. Wyman,
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