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‘The Originals’ Season Finale Ratings Even With 2016, ‘Wwyd?’ Returns Steady

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The notion of "family forever" had a bite taken out of it on the Season 4 finale of The Originals (0.3/1) last night. Add to that some blood chugging, a tomb full of evil, a skull circle, a plan to defeat enemy The Hollow, and notions of redemption and The Vampire Diaries spinoff left little on the table on a mainly encore filled Friday. Dead-even with its June 16 results, "The Feast of All Sinners" episode of the renewed Originals was also exactly the same among adults… »

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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Pledges Contribution To Activist Labeled “Anti-Muslim Extremist”

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Updated With Video Bill Maher and the Southern Poverty Law Center seem to be on opposite sides with regard to Maajid Nawaz, a British activist described by HBO’s Real Time host as the founder of the “world’s first counter-extremism think tank.” The Splc has included Nawaz on a list of anti-Muslim extremists. On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host offered to contribute to a crowd-funded defamation suit that Nawaz said he plans to file against the Splc. Saying he… »

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DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention

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The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents. If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… »

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‘The Exorcist’: Jason Ensler Joins Fox Drama Series As Executive Producer

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Jason Ensler is joining Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist as an executive producer/director for its upcoming second season. In addition to his duties on the show, stemming from him directing two episodes of The Exorcist‘s first season, he also has signed a deal with the studio behind it, 20th Century Fox TV. The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's bestseller and the classic 1973 movie, scored an Season 2 renewal after a modestly rated but steady freshman run, which… »


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Stephen Colbert Announces Possible White House Run In 2020, On Russian TV

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Stephen Colbert is in Russia and, on Friday night, was set to appear on Evening Urgant, a popular late-night show hosted by Ivan Urgant that airs on state-run TV and looks suspiciously like certain late-night shows in the U.S. In video on the program’s website (you have to wade through a long-ish program trailer first) that appears to be video of Colbert’s appearance – or the best case of Russian Fake News ever  – Colbert is seen exchanging pleasantries and face slaps… »

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Steven Williams Joins ‘The Chi’; Alejandro Edda In ‘Cocaine Godmother’

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Steven Williams (The Leftovers, Supernatural) is set for a key recurring role in Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago. Williams will play Quentin, a… »

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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled By ABC After 1 Season, Will Be Shopped To Other Nets

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ABC has canceled new comedy series Downward Dog six episodes into its eight-episode first season. Co-creators Samm Hodges and Michael Killen just shared the news via Twitter. In the note to fans (read it below), they stress that the reasons for the cancellation were strictly financial and that they are “committed to finding a new home.” ABC was faced with making a renewal decision on Downward Dog, from Legendary TV and ABC TV Studios, as the options on the cast were to exp… »

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‘My Dinner With Hervé’: Mireille Enos Among Three Cast In HBO Movie

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Mireille Enos (The Catch) is set for a key role opposite Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan in My Dinner With Hervé, Sacha Gervasi’s HBO movie. Also joining the cast are Oona Chaplin (Taboo) and Harriet Walter (The Crown). Directed and written by Gervasi based on a story he wrote with Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize… »

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Netflix Orders Justin Willman Magic Reality Series

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As part of its push into reality programming, Netflix has greenlighted an original magic series created and headlined by magician/comedian Justin Willman. I hear the streaming network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the untitled project for a 2018 launch. In what is believed to be Netflix's first original foray into the magic space, the comedic docuseries will follow Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of… »

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‘L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Casts Lolita Davidovich, Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser & Larry Cedar

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NBC is rounding out the cast for its upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Lolita Davidovich (The Longest Ride), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga) and Larry Cedar (Trial & Error) are the latest to join the limited series from Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer. The eight-episode first season will focus on the infamous case of Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper), brothers who were convicted in 1996 of… »

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‘Legion’ & ‘Fargo’ Stunt Coordinator Guy Bews On Executing A ‘Revenant’-Like One-Take Sequence In Two Days

23 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Watching the elaborate action sequences in FX’s unorthodox superhero series Legion, there is a texture and a level of complexity which brings one particular film to mind: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2016 Best Picture nominee, The Revenant. This is no coincidence—working on that film, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Inception, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, stunt coordinator Guy Bews has brought a new level of cinematic stunt coordination to… »

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TV Upfront Market, After A Slow Start, Might Be Helped By Stable Economy

23 June 2017 1:03 PM, PDT

The adage about a rising tide lifting all boats seems to be especially relevant to the major television networks as they swing into the homestretch of this year’s upfront ad sales season. Early indications suggest that ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC collectively will  meet or beat analyst expectations to sign deals worth more than $10 billion — up from $9.8 billion last year — for the season that begins this fall. Nothing’s certain. This year has been a tough sell; the… »

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Comic-Con: FX Bringing ‘Legion,’ ‘Archer’ & ‘The Strain’ Back To San Diego

23 June 2017 12:56 PM, PDT

With Comic-Con 2017 less than a month away, FX said it is heading to the fanfest with San Diego veterans Legion, Archer and The Strain flying the flag for the network. Having its fourth and final season launch on July 16, I hear that Guillermo del Toro- and Chuck Hogan-created horror series executive produced by Carlton Cuse will be making its Sdcc swan song Thursday, July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. This is a shift for The Strain and FX, who has… »

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‘Olive Forever’: Newcomer Emily Rudd Lands Lead In USA Comedic Pilot

23 June 2017 12:45 PM, PDT

Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who's mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A… »

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‘Little Women’: Angela Lansbury In Talks For Miniseries Adaptation At BBC & PBS

23 June 2017 12:07 PM, PDT

Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. The project, from Colin Callender's Playground, is written by Heidi Thomas (Call The Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen). Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help… »

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How ‘The Immortal Life’ Director George C. Wolfe Honored The Life And Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

23 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

An African-American woman living through the “peak of segregation,” Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, unaware that cells taken from her body would go on to transform modern medicine and history at large. Now known as HeLa cells, Henrietta’s “immortal” cells aided in the development of the polio vaccine, and remain an essential resource for medical research today—and yet for years, Lacks remained anonymous in and outside of the medical field, never… »

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‘My Dinner With Hervé’: First-Look Photo Of Peter Dinklage As Hervé Villechaize In HBO Movie

23 June 2017 11:24 AM, PDT

HBO Films has released a first-look photo from My Dinner With Hervé, a Sacha Gervasi movie starring Game Of ThronesPeter Dinklage and Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan. The pic below features Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize and Dornan as journalist Danny Tate circa 1993. Written by Gervasi based on a story by him and Sean Macaulay and directed by Gervasi, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in La between a struggling… »

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Limited Series In Works Based On New Evidence Of Clutter Family Murders, Basis For Capote Bestseller ‘In Cold Blood’

23 June 2017 10:47 AM, PDT

Exclusive: After new evidence emerged in the 1959 murders of the Herbert Clutter family, made famous by Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood, Glass Entertainment Group and Daniel H. Birman Productions have joined to produce a limited series based on what is one of the most famous crime stories in American history. This is the second series that we know of that is re-examining these murders. The other coming this fall is from documentarian Joe Berlinger and Sundance TV which… »

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‘Casual’ Creator Zander Lehmann On Season 3 Character Developments In Series Run By Three Showrunners

23 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

A first-time showrunner when Casual bowed in 2015, Zander Lehmann was thrust into a new world with new responsibilities, alongside executive producers Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar—the latter, the only TV veteran among the bunch. Quickly picking up the process, the Casual creator found an easy rapport among his peers, with tasks divvied up organically amongst the series' four voices. With Season 3, Lehmann was excited about a variety of interesting… »

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George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Gets Syfy Pilot Order, Hypnotic & Ucp Produce

23 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Syfy has greenlighted a pilot for Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller based on the novella by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and the 1987 film. Additionally, I hear that the project, from Universal Cable Prods. and studio-based Hypnotic (USA’s Suits), is in the process of setting up a writers room to generate backup scripts in preparation for a potential series pickup. Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the adaptation of Nightflyers, which is set in the future on… »

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