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Kaley Cuoco Launches Company, Inks Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV & Set First Project – Limited Series She Would Star In

27 October 2017 3:50 PM, PDT

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has launched a production company, Yes, Norman Productions, which has entered an exclusive multi-year pod deal with Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the blockbuster CBS comedy series. Under the pact, Cuoco will develop original television projects for broadcast, cable, Svod and digital platforms via Wbtv, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation and Wbtvg's digital venture Blue Ribbon Content. Cuoco already has set… »

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‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Gets Back At George H.W. Bush

27 October 2017 3:41 PM, PDT

It’s taken 25 years, but The Simpsons‘ showrunner Al Jean finally had his chance to return a jab at George H.W. Bush. During a speech on family values in 1992, the former president said that American families needed to be “a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons”. At the time, The Simpsons responded in the next episode in a scene where the family was watching that portion of Bush’s speech and Bart responded, “Hey, we’re like the Waltons. We’re praying… »

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White House: Donald Trump’s Sexual Harassment Accusers All Made It Up

27 October 2017 1:54 PM, PDT

Capping an extraordinary week in which nine women accused MSNBC’s political pundit Mark Halperin of sexually harassing them when he was at ABC News, the number of women accusing screenwriter/director James Tobak topped 300, 70 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape, and both United Talent Agency and Wme announced they have dropped Bill O’Reilly in wake of a New York Times report he had personally settled a sex harassment allegation for… »

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Jon Stewart Shares Stage With Big Names In New Promo For HBO Autism Event

27 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

A beardless (or more so than usual) Jon Stewart gets crowded out by too many names in this new promo for HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs. This will be HBO’s first presentation of the Nov. 18 event, a New York tradition for more than 10 years now. A sampling of performers confirmed for the event: Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler… »

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Stephen Colbert Inserts Vaguely Donald Trumpian Villain Into ‘Stranger Things’ For Tonight’s ‘Late Show’ Cold Open

27 October 2017 12:49 PM, PDT

“Since the Demogorgon is gone, we put a new villain into the Stranger Things series,” Stephen Colbert’s Late Show explained of tonight’s cold open, coinciding with the second season opener Netflix’s Reagan Era drama that launched today. “What I want is tremendous border regulation, I want the wall and we're going to get ‘other things’," the Trumpian voice says ominously/vaguely. “We want clean air, and we want clean water – and we want ‘other things’.” he adds… »

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Fox Sports Plans Nine Six-Second Ads In Thanksgiving Day NFL Game

27 October 2017 12:35 PM, PDT

Promising a “seamless” experience for viewers, Fox Sports says it will air nine six-second ads during its Thanksgiving Day telecast of the NFL matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. The mini-spots, which Fox has pushed since the start of the NFL season, with AMC planning single sixes on The Walking Dead, will be “incorporated into natural breaks in the flow of the game,” Fox said. They will appear in a unique double-box format that allows viewers to… »

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Bill O’Reilly Hits Ex-Pol With $5M Threat After Sexual Harassment Settlement Posting

27 October 2017 12:23 PM, PDT

With more revelations about multimillion-dollar sexual harassment settlements becoming public, ex-Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly threw some muscle around in the courts today to the tune of $5 million. “The relief includes, but is not limited to, reputational damages, monetary damages, special damages, punitive damages, costs, fees, injunctive relief, and such other relief as is just and proper, in an amount not less than $5 million,” said the two-page summons of… »

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Kerry Washington Producing ‘Man Of The House’ ABC Family Comedy From ‘Baby Daddy’ Co-ep & The Jackal Group

27 October 2017 12:12 PM, PDT

ABC is developing Man Of the House, a multi-camera hybrid family comedy from Gail Berman’s The Jackal GroupABC Studios and Scandal star Kerry Washington's studio-based Simpson Street. Created and written by Baby Daddy co-executive producer Frank Pines inspired by his real life, Man Of the House centers on a teenage star quarterback who finds himself unexpectedly the only male in a house full of females when his recently-divorced mother moves in with her… »

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Harry Stradling Jr. Dies: ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer Was 92

27 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT

Harry Stradling Jr., the cinematographer behind the lens of The Way We Were, Little Big Man, 1776 and numerous episodes of Gunsmoke, among many others, died October 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills. He was 92. Steven Poster, President of the International Cinematographers Guild, called Stradling Jr. “a senior spokesperson for this industry.” “I grew up seeing his name on Gunsmoke,” said Poster. “He shot so many wonderful movies. He just had a quality about… »

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‘Stranger Things’ Creators Duffer Bros On Season 2, James Cameron & Season 3

27 October 2017 11:50 AM, PDT

Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of  Stranger Things 2, that launched today on Netflix. "It's cliché to say bigger and darker, but that's really what we tried to do," said Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer of the second season of the Reagan Era drama that launched today on Netflix. Back for a nine-episode run and very timely despite being set in 1984, the SAG Award-winning and Emmy- nominated series that Ross and Matt Duffer unleashed back in the summer of… »

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Fox Lands Father-Son Comedy From Morgan Murphy With Penalty

27 October 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to an untitled half-hour multi-camera father-son comedy from Morgan Murphy (Two Broke Girls) 3Arts Entertainment, ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Murphy, the comedy is set in the world’s most colorful bar in Mexico. When a man moves back to his hometown and opens his dream business, he is dismayed when his rudderless adult son follows him and he realizes his parenting days aren’t over. Murphy executive… »

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‘Will & Grace’ Ties ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ For Top Non-Football Status On Thursday

27 October 2017 10:06 AM, PDT

A 40-0 shutout game brought CBS's Thursday NFL season low stats but nonetheless ruled Thursday ratings. But a drama-packed Grey's Anatomy return after a one-week hiatus enabled ABC to cop No 2 status for the night in the demo (1.3), though Will & Grace/Chicago Fire-d NBC squeaked ahead of ABC to take second place in total viewers (5.38M vs. 5.38M). That said, Grey's (1.8, 7.61M) slipped in the demo to a season low, after being preempted last week; its previous season low… »

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NBC Buys Legal Drama ‘Local Counsel’ From Bill Chais & Debra Martin Chase

27 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

NBC has put in development hourlong legal drama Local Counsel from Franklin & Bash co-creator Bill Chais, Debra Martin Chase's Martin Chase Productions and Universal TV. Written by Chais, Local Counsel centers on a powerful female New York lawyer who is sent to New Orleans to handle a case. A misadventure results in her losing everything — job, reputation and fiancé – and she soon finds herself in an unlikely partnership with a mess of a newbie female lawyer as they form… »

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Julius Tennon, Tisha Campbell-Martin & Jeanté Godlock To Star In Simone Biles Biopic For Lifetime

27 October 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Lifetime is rounding out its cast for upcoming biopic The Simon Biles Story (working title). Julius Tennon (How to Get Away with Murder) and Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids) are set to star as Ron and Nellie Biles, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles' parents, in the upcoming biopic. Newcomer Jeanté Godlock will star as Simone. Production is currently underway in Vancouver for a 2018 premiere on Lifetime. Based on her book Courage To Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life i… »

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Simon Cowell Released From Hospital After Fall At London Home – Update

27 October 2017 9:02 AM, PDT

Update: Simon Cowell is out of the hospital and back at his London home after a fall this morning, The Sun reports. The X Factor is in rehearsals this afternoon for its first live show Saturday and the show is not expected to be affected. It’s not known yet whether Cowell will appear. Previous, 7:30 Am: Simon Cowell was rushed to a hospital Friday morning following a fall at his London home, according to UK media. The X Factor judge was seen being taken out of his mansion… »

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Fusion Seeks New Diverse Voices Through Open Call For TV Projects

27 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Cable network Fusion, a division of Fusion Media Group (Fmg) that focuses on programming for diverse youth, has issued an open call for scripted and unscripted television projects. The emphasis is on generating new opportunities for young storytellers of different ethnic backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, genders, religions and other under-represented areas of creative talent with or without agency connections. The Creative Board of Fusion, including Professor Henry… »

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‘The 100’ Showrunner Jason Rothenberg Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

27 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

The 100 developer, executive producer and showrunner Jason Rothenberg has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind the CW’s post-apocalyptic science fiction drama series. Under the pact, Rothenberg will continue at the helm of The 100, which is returning for a fifth season in early 2018. Additionally, he will be developing new projects targeted for network, cable, on-demand/streaming and digital platforms via Warner Bros… »

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Imax Concedes ‘Marvel Inhumans’ Experiment Let Down Moviegoers

27 October 2017 8:42 AM, PDT

The saga of the screen adaptation of Marvel’s Inhumans has finally gotten a public assessment, with Imax CEO Rich Gelfond blaming its disappointing reception, at least in theaters, on a “misalignment of customer expectations.” Corporate-speak translation: movie ticket buyers realized they had paid top dollar for a TV show. Initially planned as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Disney, the film project then became a TV series at ABC, in the vein of Agents of S.H.I.E… »

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‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Casts Jeff Kober; Nadine Nicole Joins ‘The Expanse’

27 October 2017 8:31 AM, PDT

Jeff Kober (Sully) is set for a key recurring role in CBS’ veteran crime drama series NCIS: Los Angeles. Kober will portray Harris Keane, who will play an important part in Hetty's (Linda Hunt) past and their meeting will change Hetty’s future. His first episode will air November 5. Kober is currently shooting a recurring in the TV adaptation of Big Dogs based on Adam Dunn's futuristic crime books. He’ll next be seen in the film My Abandonment from director Debra Granik… »

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Ex-Fox Host Eric Bolling Urges Opioid Fight As Son’s Death Deemed Accidental

27 October 2017 7:53 AM, PDT

Nineteen-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, son of former Fox News host Eric Bolling, died after mixing cocaine and the painkiller fentanyl, the Boulder County coroner’s office said yesterday, noting that the death was accidental. Eric Bolling confirmed the news, tweeting “We must fight against this national epidemic, too many innocent victims.” The younger Bolling died September 8, shortly after his father and Fox News parted ways amidst reports of sexual harassment. Eric… »

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