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Espn To Lay Off About 100 Employees Including On-Air Personalities And Writers

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Espn confirmed that there’ll be a new round of layoffs today that one source says could hit about 100 of the company’s roughly 1,000 public facing on-air announcers and dot-com writers. No one has been identified yet. These disclosures likely will trickle out once the people affected are told. “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions,” Espn President Jo… »

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‘Saturday Night Live’: NBC Teams With Youku For Localized Version In China

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Saturday Night Live is heading to the Middle Kingdom. NBCUniversal has announced a partnership with Youku, a unit of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group, who will produce a localized version of the hit show in China. Over the last few years, ten international versions of Saturday Night Live have been licensed across the world, most recently including France, the Middle East and Finland – with China the latest addition. SNL will be Youku's new flagship… »

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‘Prison Break’ Revival Kills Off Major Character

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Prison Break episode. Tonight’s episode of Prison Break, titled “The Prisoner’s Dilemma,” said goodbye to one of its original characters. As Michael, Whip and Ja made a deal with the devil for another chance to escape from Ogygia, T-Bag met with Kellerman to gather more information on Michael’s resurrection. For most of the new season, Kellerman, played by Paul Adelstein, seemed to be back to his former bad guy ways… »

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Stephen Colbert Likens Sean Spicer’s Press Briefings To Soap Opera ‘The Bold And The Babbling’

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On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert introduced his Late Show viewers to The Bold And The Babbling, the hottest new soap opera starring press secretary Sean Spicer. After Donald Trump compared Spicer's ratings to a daytime drama, Colbert reimagined Spicer in a hilarious new CBS daytime drama. The clip begins with a voiceover saying, "In response to whether he would fire Sean Spicer, President Trump likened him to a daytime soap opera, noting proudly that his press secretary… »

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Mark Consuelos Joins ‘Riverdale’ For Season 2; ‘Suits’ Casts Dulé Hill

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Mark Consuelos (Pitch) has joined the cast of the CW’s Riverdale as a new series regular for Season 2. Consuelos will play Hiram Lodge, a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione (Marisol Nichols) and, especially, his daughter Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is the apple of his eye. The Riverdale casting, first reported by TVLine… »

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WGA Contract Talks Over For The Day, Will Resume Wednesday – Update

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Updated, 5:33 Pm: Contract talks between the WGA and management’s AMPTP have recessed for the day and will resume Wednesday morning, the sides said. Previously, 8:45 Am: Armed with strike authorization, WGA leaders return to the bargaining table today for the final push to reach an agreement with management's AMPTP on terms for a new film and TV contract. Both sides have pledged to do everything in their power to avert a strike. Buoyed by an overwhelming show of support… »

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Fox News Strike Back At “Copycat” Racial Discrimination Suits From Staff – Update

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Update, 5:20 Pm: Hit with two racial discrimination suits today, in New York State court and in federal court, Fox News Channel is now swinging back. "Fox News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits,” a Fnc spokesperson tells Deadline of the accused cable newser and its Evp of Business and Legal Affairs named in the class action and the other filing from current and past employees “They are copycat complaints of the original one… »

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‘Genius’ Review: Nat Geo’s Geoffrey Rush-Led Einstein Drama Solid But Lacks Shine

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Genius, the new anthology series that looks at the life of Albert Einstein and debuts tonight on National Geographic, is better than most but not brilliant. Starring Geoffrey Rush as the older version of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and Johnny Flynn as the younger and somewhat swashbuckling Einstein, the 10-episode first installment executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer is at its core deceivingly conventional. With it also pulling double duty as Nat Geo’s… »

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At&T Plans More DirecTV-Wireless Phone Bundles To Fight Churn

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The year is off to a tough start for At&T  — now with a recent acquisition agreement for a spectrum-rich company on the rocks — execs acknowledged in a quarterly call with analysts. The $1.25 billion stock deal for Straight Path Communications, announced this month, is up in the air because the company has received “a superior proposal,” At&T CFO John Stephens said. At&T has five business days to decide whether it wants to up its offer. Straight Path is rich in the kinds… »

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Playground Options David Enrich’s Financial Exposé ‘The Spider Network’ For Series Development

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Colin Collender’s Playground has optioned the rights to David Enrich's new narrative nonfiction book The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History, for series development. Author and Wall Street Journal business editor Enrich won the 2016 Gerald Loeb Award for his series of WSJ articles "The Unraveling of Tom Hayes," about a brilliant but troubled British trader who was convicted and… »

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Fox Network Buys Erica Oyama Family Comedy From Kapital Entertainment

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Fox has put in development a half-hour single-camera comedy series written by Erica Oyama, creator, writer and executive producer of the Yahoo/E! comedy series Burning Love, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project is part of Fox’s initiative to buy and develop more series outside of the traditional pilot cycle. Based on Oyama's life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate-master father still lives… »

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Faith Hill & Scripps Partner On Lifestyle Talk Show Set For Fall Debut; Kellie Pickler Co-Hosts

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Scripps is teaming with Grammy-winning country singer Faith Hill on a new daytime lifestyle talk show slated to launch September 18 on Scripps-owned stations across the country. Fellow country singer and TV personality Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning New York City journalist Ben Aaron will host the untitled show, which focuses on everyday living and activities, covering everything from cooking, gardening, entertaining and home design to beauty and fashion. The program is… »

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After 1-Day Strike, Iatse Wins Contract With NBC’s ‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’

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After a one-day strike in Atlanta, the producers of NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have come to terms with Iatse for a contract covering some 200 of the show's crew members. The non-union reality show had been shooting its second season in Atlanta earlier this month when several Iatse members working on the production contacted their union reps, who quickly organized a walkout. "A picket line went up before dawn, and a crew of more than 200 people did not report… »

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt On The Importance Of Leaving A Digital Footprint – Nab Show

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"The most engaging social shows tend to be the higher-rated shows [for NBC]," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Chris Hardwick today at an Nab Show session in Las Vegas. The pair used the panel to discuss the art of creating on-demand and mobile content, leaving a digital footprint, and how networks need to embrace digital and social media. Greenblatt has been chairman of NBC Entertainment since January 2011 and under his leadership, the Peacock… »

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‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ Gets Season 4 Premiere Date; AMC Unveils Key Art

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AMC has slotted 9 Pm Saturday, June 17, for the two-hour premiere of the fourth and final season of its Revolutionary War drama Turn: Washington’s Spies. The network also unveiled the Season 4 key art, which features Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull and depicts his determination to "Finish the Fight": The 10-episode final season picks up with notorious traitor Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) taking his revenge on George Washington (Ian Kahn) by rounding up suspected rebel… »

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TV Upfronts 2017 Schedule: Fewer Agency Parties Amid WGA Strike Fears; CBS Tackles Unexpected Vacancy

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Upfront week is a TV business tradition that has evolved over the decades with more networks joining the broadcasters and the number of parties going up. But the annual dog-and-pony show, which this year kicks off May 15, is heading for a potential jolt after WGA members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. The walkout could begin as soon as next week if the current final round of talks between the union and the producers is unsuccessful. With a strike looming, the… »

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ABC Sets Season Finale Dates

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It’s that time of year again. ABC has set spring season finale dates for its scripted and unscripted series. American Crime is up first with its Season 3 finale airing Sunday, April 30 at 10 Pm. Comedy series black-ish follows on Wednesday, May 10 at 9:30 Pm. Dancing With The Stars is the last to wrap on Tuesday, May 23 at 8:30 Pm. Below is the complete schedule. All times listed are Pdt/Edt. Sunday, April 30 "American Crime" 10:00–11:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 "black-ish"… »

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Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Take On Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

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Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert zeroed in on President Trump’s first 100 days in office last night in late-night. "The first 100 days are traditionally a time to reflect on accomplishments of a president, and Trump hasn't got a lot of those," Colbert said. "He still hasn't filled his cabinet; he didn't repeal Obamacare; there are still Muslims." On Late Night, Meyers’ take was, "If this were a movie, it would be called 100 Dayz and Confused." Let’s just say, in academic… »

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WGA Establishes Strike Fund In Preparation For Walkout

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Exclusive: In a clear sign the WGA is gearing up for a possible strike, the WGA West is moving to establish a strike fund to assist members who will be facing financial hardships in the event of a prolonged walkout. A Strike Fund Committee has been established, and rules governing the allotment of strike loans are now pending approval by the guild's board of directors. The move comes after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike — and at a time when many guild… »

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Tucker Carlson Ratings Keep Pace With Bill O’Reilly On Night 1

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The first night of Fox News Channel’s new post-Bill O’Reilly primetime lineup did just fine without their marquee name. Debuting in the 8 Pm time slot anchored by The O’Reilly Factor , for more than 20 years, Tucker Carlson Tonight drew 2.9 million total viewers and 636,000 viewers in the key 25-54 news demo, both tops for the night on cable news, according to early Nielsen stats. At 9 Pm, Fox News’ newly shifted The Five was No. 2 for the night on cable news, drawing 2.8… »

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