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‘This Is Us’ Logs First No. 1 Total Viewers Finish For NBC Scripted Series In 13 Years, Becomes Season’s Top Drama In Demo

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The March 14 finale of NBC’s This Is Us posted a new Live+7 viewership record for the hot freshman drama. The closer grew 4.940 million viewers from Live+Same Day to L+7, hitting a series-high 17.776 million viewers in L7 and edging NCIS (17.713 million) after trailing the CBS stalwart by 1.321 million viewers in L+Sd. This was the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series has topped all broadcast and cable shows for the No. 1 spot in total… »

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Veteran La Newsman Paul Magers To Retire From CBS 2

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Veteran television newsman Paul Magers is hanging up his mic. After 38 years in television news, including the past 13 years as an evening anchor with CBS2 in Los Angeles, Magers is retiring. "By retiring now while I'm relatively young and healthy, I look forward to doing all the things with family and friends that are hard to schedule when you have a fulltime job that includes odd hours,” Magers said in a statement. “I definitely won't miss putting on a suit, tie and… »

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‘War And Peace’ Helmer Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Rocks’ For Entertainment One

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Entertainment One has picked up television rights to Peter Nichols' best-selling novel The Rocks, with War & Peace helmer Tom Harper on board to direct. Laura Easton (House of Cards, Sex With Strangers) is attached to adapt the series. Harper, one of the hottest directors coming out of the UK at the moment, will produce along with Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran of 42 while La La Land producer Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will exec produce via their… »

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‘Linda From Hr’: Michael Landes Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot, Replacing Tim DeKay

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Michael Landes (Save Me, Hooten & the Lady) has landed a series regular role opposite Lauren Graham in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Linda From Hr in a recasting. This is one of two casting changes made on the pilot after the table read. Ryan Michelle Bathe recently replaced originally cast Angel Laketa Moore; Landes is taking over for Tim DeKay. Written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld and directed by Marc Buckland, Linda From Hr centers on the eponymous heroine… »

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‘Silicon Valley’: Season 4 Trailer And Key Art Unveiled

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Ahead of the Season 4 premiere on April 23, HBO has released the official trailer and key art for its acclaimed comedy Silicon Valley. At the end of Season 3, Jared's (Zach Woods) clickfarm scam had been discovered and covered up, a scandal threatened to gut Hooli king Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), a side project could become an accidental focus, and Erlich (T.J. Miller) and Big Head (Josh Brener) have a new asset. Thomas Middleditch stars as Richard Hendricks, the… »

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Annapurna Taps Adrienne Becker As COO As Ramp-Up Continues

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Killer Content CEO Adrienne Becker is joining Annapurna to be its Chief Operating Officer, the latest exec movie at Megan Ellison’s growing operation. Becker will be tasked with leading the company's business strategy across Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna TV and Annapurna Interactive. She will report to Ellison. In May 2014, Becker’s Glass Elevator Media merged with Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler’s indie shingle Killer Films to creat Killer Content, which added TV and… »

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Viceland Goes To Pot; Sets Weed Week With Return Of ‘Weediquette’, ‘Bong Appetit’

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Viceland is taking cable television’s theme week to a new high. The cable network has set Weed Week from April 17-April 20 to celebrate marijuana. Viceland is bringing back two of its most popular series that week: Weediquette with Krishna Andavolu, and recent James Beard Award nominee Bong Appetit with Abdullah Saeed. In addition, the network will feature a special 4/20 (the widely acknowledged international day celebrating all things cannabis) episode of Action… »

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Complex Networks Orders Homeland Security Workplace Comedy For Premiere On Go90

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Complex Networks has ordered eight half-hour episodes of scripted workplace comedy series Liberty Crossing, executive produced by Oscar-nominated Mason Novick (Juno, 500 Days of Summer) for premiere later this year on Verizon’s go90. Production begins in May. Created by Daniel Radosh (The Daily Show) and Michael Harrison, Liberty Crossing is the story of a hapless young intelligence analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center who must untangle a terror plot while… »

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‘Bones’ Ratings Rattle Up To High In Series Finale, ‘Flash’ Hits Low, ‘NCIS’ Steady

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After 12 seasons and eight time-slot moves, Bones (1.0/4) ended its run on Fox last night with a series finale that left the core cast alive and looking forward. While creator/executive producer Hart Hanson heavily hinted to Deadline that more tales of Brennan, Booth and the Jeffersonian Institute lab could come down the line, Tuesday's series finale certainly concluded things promisingly with a season high for the drama among adults 18-49 and total viewers with 4.19… »

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‘The Mindy Project’ To End After Six Seasons

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The Mindy Project‘s sixth season will be its last. Hulu just announced the series starring Mindy Kaling will wrap after Season 6 which premieres on the streaming service in September. The Mindy Project premiered in 2012 and has aired 107 episodes. It debuted on the Fox network and aired for three seasons before being canceled and then picked up by Hulu in 2015 as one of the streaming service’s first marquee original scripted series. The comedy was recently sold into… »

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Mika Brzezinski To Seth Meyers: Donald Trump Presidency “Far Worse” Than She Expected

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Updated with video: Seth Meyers asked if the Trump presidency is what they expected. “It’s far worse,” said Mika Brzezinski. “It’s as bad as it gets,” chimed in Joe Scarborough, noting they’ve known Trump more than a decade “and we never expected it to be quite this bad.” “We had a good friendship,” he said. Trump recently un-followed them on Facebook. “It was actually the highlight of the month, Scarborough said. “It shows we got in his head,” Brzezinski added. Meyers… »

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Stephen Colbert Figures Out Why Devin Nunes Shared Intel Info With Donald Trump

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Stephen Colbert brought his Late Show viewers up to speed on President Donald Trump associates’ alleged ties to Russia. The latest damning information is about son-in-law Jared Kushner's previously undisclosed meeting with the chief of Russian government-owned Vnesheconombank. Americans can't do business with this bank because it has close relationship with Putin, Colbert said. In a joke that elicited more gasps than laughs, Colbert said if you open a checking account of… »

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Channel 4 Privatization Plans Shelved As Government Mulls Moving Broadcaster Out Of London

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The British government has shelved plans to privatize Channel 4 after an 18-month ownership review, but the broadcaster may face relocating some or all of its operations outside of London. On Wednesday, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said in a speech at the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford (where fellow pubcaster BBC has also set up a major hub), that where the channel’s headquarters are based and where it spends its money is under review. Channel 4… »

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‘Dance Moms’ To Film Additional Season 7 Footage With Cheryl Burke Following Abby Lee Miller’s Exit

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Dancing With The Stars pro Cheryl Burke has been tapped as a guest choreographer on Dance Moms, stepping in for star Abby Lee Miller who late Sunday announced she was leaving the long-running Lifetime reality series. Miller’s announcement came after she had finished filming Season 7 of Dance Moms this past weekend. I hear that, because of Miller’s schedule, Season 7 is shorter than usual, and the network had given production company Collins Avenue Entertainment the… »

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Ken Burns Producing Muhammad Ali Documentary For PBS

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PBS announced this morning that Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a two-part, four-hour documentary about boxer/civil rights figure Muhammad Ali.  Production began a year ago in early 2016, and the filmmakers anticipate a broadcast premiere in 2021 on PBS. In the announcement, Burns described Muhammad Ali  as “maybe the most iconic figure of the 20th century,” explaining, “He arrived at exactly the right moment, amidst the tumult and… »

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Judge Napolitano Back On Fox News Sticking To Claim Obama Used Brits To Spy On Donald Trump

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Judge Andrew Napolitano returned to Fox News Channel this morning, nine days after the network benched him when President Donald Trump cited the Fox News talking head as his source of claims that then-President Barack Obama used British intelligence to wiretap him. "I stand by my statement on surveillance," Napolitano told Bill Hemmer. Napolitano was there to talk about a Fox News report that the FBI allegedly wired a staffer of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock… »

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Dick Clark Productions Names Todd Waks As Svp Strategic Alliances

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Todd Waks has been named Svp Strategic Alliances at dick clark productions, the company said today. Waks will spearhead brand revenue initiatives across dcp's roster of shows including American Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and others, along with a variety of other projects. He will be based at the company's Santa Monica headquarters and will report to its president, Mike Mahan. Waks most recently served as CEO of Entertainment… »

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Donald Trump Calls Media “Vicious,” Staff Stiffs Correspondents Dinner

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President Donald Trump kicked off Wednesday with another swipe at the “failing” New York Times, a day after wondering why the “fake news” isn’t following Fox News’ lead by investigating ties between Russia and…Hillary Clinton. “Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!” The latest complaint comes a day after the White House announced that no staffers would attend this… »

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Seth Meyers Wants Steve Carell To Play Devin Nunes In Trump White House Comedy

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Seth Meyers took a Closer Look at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and whether he is working with President Donald Trump. Every day it seems like there is some new revelation about the Trump team's alleged Russian contacts. The Trump team keeps failing to disclose and then giving shifting explanations. Hours before Meyers’ Late Night broadcast, Trump’s son-in-law was the latest to get caught up in the story. Trump reacted to the pressure over Russian… »

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Drew Barrymore Comedy ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Netflix has ordered a second season of its new dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, to air in 2018. You can watch a teaser unveiling the pickup above. The renewal for the comedy, from creator Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky's Kapital-based KatCo, comes less than two months after the series’ 10-episode first season was released on Feb. 3. I hear the show’s writers already have started working on… »

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