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NBC Buys ‘Close To Heaven’ Church Comedy From Brad Copeland & Aaron Kaplan With Put Pilot Commitment

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NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Close To Heaven, a single-camera comedy from frequent collaborators, writer Brad Copeland and producer Aaron Kaplan. Written by Copleland, the project, based on the Swedish television series Halvvägs till himlen, hails from Universal TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. In Close To Home, an eager young minister arrives to be the head pastor of a small town church after years of missionary work in Africa. He dreams of enlightening… »

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Veteran Media Analyst Jessica Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles “So Far Are One Big Yawn”

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Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers. Her comments came during a lively panel discussion among four front-rank Wall Street analysts at the Nab Show New York, which was held Wednesday and Thursday. Because “churn is extremely high” and many of the services… »

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John Kelly Defends Donald Trump’s Call To Soldier’s Widow, Blasts Rep. Frederica Wilson At Briefing

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Updated with responses: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that "a member of Congress would have listened in" on a President's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, as Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did. "I thought at least that was sacred," Kelly said at today's White Houses press briefing, during which you could hear a pin drop. "When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor… »

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Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon In Carriage Dispute, Cites Support From Congress, Hispanic Media Group

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Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute. On Wednesday, the U.S. Hispanic TV network said Verizon had dropped it “entirely without warning.” Verizon responded in a statement contending that Univision had not come forward with an offer it considered reasonable. A statement this afternoon… »

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Sophia Bush To Topline New Series Under Talent Holding & Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Former One Tree Hill and Chicago Pd star Sophia Bush has inked an exclusive talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The deal calls for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this coming pilot season, as well as develop additional projects for which she'd serve as an executive producer. "Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard,” said Bush. I'm thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th… »

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‘Michael Bennett’ Drama Based On James Patterson’s Book Series In Works At ABC

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ABC has put in development Michael Bennett, a cop drama/family soap series based on the character in the bestselling books by author James Patterson. Written by The Man In the High Castle co-executive producer Rick Cleveland, the project centers on NYPD Detective Michael Bennett, who is something of a living legend. Brilliant, seasoned and highly dedicated, he is a master homicide investigator, able to crack the city’s toughest cases without breaking a sweat. At home… »

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Mipcom Gets Crafty, Social Ups Ante, Broadcasters Face Streaming Squeeze

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In a sign of these changing times, Mipcom organizers today said they hosted 1,700 VOD and Svod buyers at the Riviera market this week. A notable phenomenon was the increased presence of streaming and social media companies, with short-form mobile video a focus. That was amid more traditional, if original, fare in scripted and unscripted and a notable push towards the artisinal. At the same time, although The Weinstein Co was not scheduled to attend the market, disgraced… »

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Donald Trump: “Disgrace” That Media “Won’t” Cover “Real Russia Story” From Obama Administration

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President Donald Trump had wrapped Thursday’s photo op with Puerto Rico’s governor when someone lobbed a question about a report that FBI began probing Kremlin’s push into the U.S. nuclear industry with bribes, and kickbacks even before Obama’s administration approved Russia’s 2010 acquisition of a majority stake in a Canadian firm that owned U.S. uranium mines. “That's your Russia story,” Trump responded enthusiastically. “That's your real Russia story – not a story… »

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Keith Levine Exits Dimension For Prexy Post At David Goyer’s Phantom Four

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Exclusive: David Goyer’s Phantom Four has hired Keith Levine to be president of the production company.  Levine joins from Dimension Films, where he spent the past eight years and rose to senior vice president of production. Among the films he worked on closely was 47 Meters Down, which became a hit for Entertainment Studios, and on which Levine received exec producer credit. He also worked closely on the upcoming Dimension genre film Polaroid, which bows Thanksgiving… »

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‘The Walking Dead’ To Drop Extra 100th Episode Footage On New AMC Vr App

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The debut of the eighth season and 100th episode of The Walking Dead this weekend is set to make the jump into virtual reality for AMC. After the October 22 premiering 100th Twd episode ends, the newly launched AMC Vr app will feature an extra scene from the “Mercy” episode directed by Ep Greg Nicotero. Focusing on Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan villain, the Kevin Cornish co-directed 360-degree bonus footage is clearly a strategic magnet to pull some of the blockbuster's… »

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NBC Buys Nicu Drama ‘Delivery’ From Kristin Newman & Rob Wright, With Reese Witherspoon Producing

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This is probably the most heartwarming story you will hear this broadcast selling season. NBC has put in development Delivery, a family drama set in a high-risk perinatology unit, from writers Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Rob Wright (Lethal Weapon). The project hails from ABC Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner. Delivery is a deeply personal project for Newman and Wright who are married and new parents. The two of them are not writing partners but… »

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Bowe Bergdahl: Blumhouse To Produce Documentary About The Search For The Controversial Army Sergeant

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Days after U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, Blumhouse Television and military media brand We Are The Mighty are unveiling plans to produce Searching for Bergdahl, a documentary about the soldiers involved in the nearly five-year (1,797 day) search for the missing sergeant — one of the largest manhunts in military history – employing more resources than even the search for Osama Bin Laden. Bergdahl walked off… »

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Review: AMC Blockbuster Gets Its Groove Back For 100th Episode

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To paraphrase Independence Day‘s President Thomas Whitmore and Dylan Thomas, the October 22-debuting eighth season and 100th episode of The Walking Dead makes it very clear that AMC's zombie apocalypse blockbuster has no intention of going quietly into the collapse-of-civilization night. Coming off the near-record-high ratings and much-hyped double-death brutality of the October 23, 2016 Season 7 opener, it was almost inevitable that Twd‘s previous season would come… »

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Showtime Nabs ‘Your Honor’ Legal Drama From Peter Moffat, Robert & Michelle King and CBS Studios With Series Commitment

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CBS TV Studios’ high-profile legal thriller drama Your Honor has landed at sibling premium cable network Showtime with a series commitment. The Scripted World-produced project, based on the hot Israeli drama format Your Honor (Kvodo), has been shepherded by the creators of two acclaimed legal drama series: Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO's Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife's Robert and Michelle… »

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Tribune Shareholders Ok Sinclair Deal As Regulators Stop Clock On Review Process

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Tribune Media shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion deal for the company to be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, one that will make Sinclair the nation’s most powerful local TV broadcaster. The news comes a day after the FCC’s Media Bureau said it was stopping its 180-day clock on a ruling about the transaction, a fairly standard move as the agency seeks additional comments. It said the clock resumes November 2, the same day comments are… »

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‘Casual’ Renewed By Hulu For Fourth & Final Season

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Exclusive: Casual, the series that helped usher in high-end original programming on Hulu, will be coming to the end. The streaming network has ordered an abbreviated eight-episode fourth season of the comedy, which will  be its last. It will air in 2018. Casual, from director Jason Reitman, creator Zander Lehmann and showrunner Liz Tigelaar, was one of the first original series to launch on Hulu in October 2015 as the service was beginning its transformation from a place… »

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SAG-aftra OKs Waiver For Commercial Digital Low Budget Work

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SAG-aftra said today that it has decided to offer a waiver to its members for commercial digital low budget productions, an unusual step taken in the middle of a contract that’s designed to keep its actors in the running for jobs in the growing digital space. The news came via a statement from the union and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations. They called the move an “experiment with the goal of developing a strong foothold in this area." The… »

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Fox Snags Danny Strong’s ‘Operation Nexus’ NYPD Thriller As Put Pilot

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Exclusive: Empire aired last night on Fox and today co-creator Danny Strong grew his empire with the company with another project. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to the thriller Operation Nexus from sister studio 20th Century Fox TV and Danny Strong Productions. The NYC set Nexus joins medical drama Stranger Conditions from the two time Emmy winner at Fox as well as legal dramas Midnight Lawyer and Infamy. Operation Nexus centers on the courageous but nowhere near… »


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Steve Buscemi To Replace Owen Wilson In TBS Anthology Series ‘Miracle Workers’

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Steve Buscemi has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Daniel Radcliffe in TBS’ anthology comedy series Miracle Workers, executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Buscemi replaces Owen Wilson who was originally set to star alongside Radcliffe in the seven-episode straight-to-series comedy, announced at the Turner’s upfront in May. Wilson fell out in late August, and start of production on Miracle Workers was pushed while the network searched for a replacement. Created by Man Se… »

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‘Bellevue’ Trailer, Premiere Date & Posters: First Look At Wgn America’s Anna Paquin Drama

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Wgn America has set a January 23 premiere date for its recently acquired Bellevue, and today unveiled a new trailer and key art for the crime drama starring Anna Paquin, Shawn Doyle and Allen Leech. The eight-episode, one-hour series features True Blood‘s Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, Fargo‘s Doyle as Police Chief Peter Welland and Downton Abbey‘s Leech as Eddie Roe, Ryder’s ex. The series is set against the backdrop of a small town with big secrets. Twenty years after… »

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