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Bill Maher Gets No Smiles From Tyranny Expert: “I’m Not Going To Laugh At Any Of That”

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Bill Maher couldn’t get so much as a chuckle out of his history professor guest tonight when the subject turned to dictators. Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20th Century sat stonefaced as Maher read off a list of things about Donald Trump that remind him of Third World dictators. "Yeah, right, so I'm not going to laugh at any of that,” Snyder said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, “because in your world it's Third World dictators, but in… »

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WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms

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One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… »

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WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter

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Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the Wgaw Board of Directors and Wgae Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below. This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal. Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… »

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Nabet Members Voting On New ABC Contract

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Contract ratification ballots went out yesterday to more than 2,700 Nabet-cwa workers employed at ABC's news, sports and entertainment divisions and at its owned television stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Leaders at the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – Communications Workers of America are recommending ratification of a new four-year contract, which covers staff and daily hires working as broadcast… »

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‘Inside the FBI: New York’: First Promo & Premiere Date For Dick Wolf’s USA Network Docuseries

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Dick Wolf has another new show coming — but this one’s not an NBC procedural. The docuseries Inside the FBI: New York will premiere at 10 Pm Thursday, April 27, on USA Network, the NBCUniversal-owned net said today. It also released the first promo for the series; watch it above. Wolf executive produces Inside the FBI: NY, which comes from Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Levin. It takes an unprecedented look at the Bureau’s New York field office. “The threat’s always… »

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Fox News Fires Its Longtime Comptroller

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Judy Slater, longtime comptroller at Fox News Channel, was let go for what the company called “abhorrent behavior" that included allegedly making derogatory comments toward African-American employees. The allegations had come to light in recent weeks, according to the network. The incidents were brought to the attention of company Hr chief Kevin Lord within the past two months. Slater, who had been with the company 19 years, was terminated within two weeks, according to a… »

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WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue

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Exclusive: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon. “We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline. While this could be posturing to light a fire… »

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Dave Erickson To Step Down As ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Showrunner, Inks Overall Deal With AMC

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Fear The Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson is stepping down at the end of Season 3. Erickson has signed a new multi-year overall deal with AMC, the network behind the hit companion series to The Walking Dead. Under the pact, he’ll remain as executive producer of Fear, and at the conclusion of Season 3, will shift his focus to developing new shows for AMC, and potentially other networks in the AMC Networks portfolio, including SundanceTV. Erickson worked closely with Th… »

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‘Sharp Objects’: Matt Craven Cast In HBO’s Amy Adams Series

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Resurrection alum Matt Craven has been cast opposite Amy Adams in HBO's eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Television. Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects centers on crime reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), who lives an isolated life as she attempts to numb the pain of her past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, she's sent on assignment to her… »

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AMC Networks Eyes Streaming Service For Subscribers: Report

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AMC Networks is reportedly in the planning stages of launching a commercial-free streaming service that would be accessible to subscribers of its channels, according to a Reuters story today. If true that would differentiate it from stand-alone services like the ones offered by HBO or CBS, which don’t require a cable subscription. According to Reuters’ sources, the new service is “considering” a monthly price point of $4.99-$6.99 for content including AMC’s flagship The Wa… »

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Donald Trump Blames Democrats For Trumpcare Flop In Major Blow To His Presidency

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Updated with Trump news conference. President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the major blow to his new administration, after he failed to secure enough votes to get his Trumpcare bill past the House. "We were very close … and had no Democratic support," Trump said at an Oval Office address held not long after deciding to pull the bill from a vote for the second and final time. "They weren't going to give us a single vote," Trump said, seated at his desk ad flanked with… »

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Lauren Dolgen Joins Viceland As Head of West Coast Development

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Viceland, the upstart entertainment network of Vice Media and A+E Networks, has brought in a very seasoned unscripted cable executives. Lauren Dolgen, a 19-year MTV veteran, has joined Viceland as Head of West Coast Development. She will oversee West Coast-based production and development for the network, reporting to co-presidents Derek Freda & Guy Slattery. Dolgen, who was Head of Reality Programming and Evp of Series Development for MTV until her exit last June amid a… »

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Melissa McCarthy Says Sean Spicer Impression Was Not Her Idea, But Ears Made All The Difference

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Playing Sean Spicer wasn’t Melissa McCarthy’s idea – that honor goes to Kent Sublette, McCarthy’s old Groundlings pal and now Saturday Night Live writer. But on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (see clip below) McCarthy said her initial hesitation vanished once the ear prosthetics were in place. “Can I have eye bags?” she asked the make-up department? McCarthy told Ellen DeGeneres today about how her now-famous SNL take on the White House press secretary came about with… »

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CBS’ March Madness Prevails In Thursday Primetime; ABC’s Tgit Tops Non-Sports Fare

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CBS’ coverage of the Ncaa Men’s Basketball Tournament regional semifinals delivered a significant week-to-week ratings bump, dominating Thursday’s primetime as expected. Early nationals indicate a 2.0 demo rating and 6.62 million total viewers, but those stats will change significantly because they are not time zone-adjusted. In metered-market results, CBS' primetime clocked a 4.5 household rating, which is up 2% from last year's 4.4 on the comparable Thursday. ABC's Tgit… »

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Thomas Gibson’s Claim Against Manager Rejected By State Labor Commission

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In another setback for former Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show last year for allegedly kicking a writer, the California Labor Commission has rejected his claim that he should not have to pay his former manager $437,950 in commissions because the former manager allegedly acted illegally as his agent in procuring his employment on the show. Gibson fired Craig Dorfman as his manager in June 2014 after Dorfman allegedly refused to cut his… »

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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Casts Rebecca Henderson; Brandon Spink Joins ‘Berlin Station’

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Rebecca Henderson (Mistress America) joins Discovery Channel's upcoming FBI crime drama Manhunt: Unabomber (formerly titled Manifesto), from John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Discovery Channel and Trigger Street Productions. The anthology series tells the story about the hunt for Ted Kaczynski, who terrified the nation with a letter bombing campaign in the 1980s and early 1990s. Henderson will play Judy Clarke, Ted's defense attorney and the… »

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‘Linda From Hr’: Ryan Michelle Bathe Joins Fox Comedy Pilot In Recasting

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Ryan Michelle Bathe (This is Us) is set for a series-regular role opposite Lauren Graham on Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Linda From Hr in a recasting. Written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld and directed by Marc Buckland, Linda From Hr centers on the eponymous heroine, Linda Plugh (Graham). All it takes is one bad decision to throw Linda from Hr's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret… »

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Cher Pulls Out Of Lifetime’s Flint Water Crisis Movie For Family Reasons

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Exclusive: Cher has departed Flint, Lifetime's original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mi, citing a family issue that would prevent her from traveling to Toronto where Flint is slated to begin production next month. The movie, executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, has been in the process of casting the other roles. The Sony TV-produced film remains on track to start filming in April as scheduled. It is unclear whether the… »

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PBS CEO Says Trump Proposal Threatens “Very Existence”; Denies Partisan Elmo

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PBS CEO Paula Kerger said today that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would threaten the “very existence” of PBS at a time “when commercial news media pushes Americans apart.” Dismissing charges of left-wing bias and notions that PBS is geared to coastal elites, Kerger told a Detroit business group that the decimation of federal arts funding proposed by Trump would pose an “existential question” for PBS’s survival in the country’s rural communities. “The president… »

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‘Nobodies’ Review: Melissa McCarthy-Produced Comedy Low Wattage Despite Big Cameos

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Debuting on March 29 and already renewed for a second season, TV Land’s Nobodies executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone is a near-perfect example of what having famous friends can do for you in this town – and how that doesn't always work out for the best. With its first episode already online and having previewed at SXSW, the single-camera comedy series from and starring Groundlings vets Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras is just not that… »

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