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FCC Looks To Loosen TV Station Ownership Cap In Potential Boost To Sinclair

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Extending a string of 2017 de-regulatory moves, Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump’s appointee to lead the FCC, has formally begun the process of reviewing rules limiting the number of TV stations a single owner can control. If the ownership cap is eased, as expected, by the Republican-controlled, 5-member commission, it would be a boost to Sinclair Broadcast Group as it looks to close its $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media. It also comes on a day when the FCC announced… »

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‘The Good Place’ Renewed For Season 3 By NBC

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NBC is bringing back hit comedy series The Good Place for a third season. As with the first and second seasons, Season 3 will consist of 13 episodes. From executive producer and creator Michael Schur, The Good Place stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D'Arcy Carden. In addition to executive producing, Schur serves as writer and showrunner. David Miner, Morgan Sackett and Drew Goddard also executive produce. The Good Plac… »


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‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Fall To Lowest Result Since 2011

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Any episode of The Walking Dead that finds close pals Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon scrapping is already problematic. Add a new empathetic angle to villain Negan and helicopters hovering over the zombie apocalypse and you have a clearly special show of the AMC blockbuster series. However, with all that and a rising Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards on NBC and ABC, the November 19 Twd ended up with a very different type of distinction. The Season 8 "The Big… »

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Multigenerational Female Drama From Pam Veasey, Will Packer & Brad Weston In Works At TNT

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TNT is developing East of Jingletown, a drama series from former CSI: NY executive producer/showrunner Pam Veasey, Girls Trip producer Will Packer and Makeready, Brad Weston’s Entertainment One-backed independent studio and financier for film, television and branded content. Written by Veasey, East of Jingletown is a multigenerational female drama about four women who have formed an incredible friendship through their sons and sports. We meet them at a crossroads, and the… »

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Cj 4Dplex Continues Euro Expansion With Switzerland’s Kitag Cinemas; Intv Conference Sets Speakers – Global Briefs

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As it continues European expansion, Korea-headquartered Cj 4Dplex has partnered with Switzerland's Kitag Cinemas for a 4Dx auditorium in Zurich. Kitag is the largest exhibitor in the country's German-speaking region with 85 screens and 17,000 seats in such cities as Basel, Bern, Biel, Lucerne and Zurich. Its new 4Dx auditorium is scheduled to open before the end of the year at the Abaton multiplex. The new partnership comes as Cj’s 4Dx immersive format has grown in… »

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Charlie Rose Fired By CBS News Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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Mere hours after Charlie Rose’s CBS This Morning co-hosts expressed profound disappoint in the sexual harassment allegations against the veteran interviewer, CBS News today fired the host. “A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” said CBS News boss  David Rhodes in a letter to staff Tuesday. “This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS… »

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NBC Developing Legal Drama ‘J.S.I.D.’ From Adam Mazer, Craig Borten & Original Film

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NBC has put in development legal drama J.S.I.D. from Adam Mazer (You Don’t Know Jack), Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten, Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Sony Pictures TV, where Original Film is under an overall deal. Written by Mazer, J.S.I.D. centers around L.A.'s elite unit of special Da's in the Justice System's Integrity Division who investigate and prosecute corrupt judges, politicians, cops, city officials and fellow lawyers. Mazer executive produces with… »

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‘Ink Master: Angels’ Renewed For Season 2 By Paramount Network

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Ink Master: Angels is returning for a second season. Paramount Network has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the tattoo-competition series for premiere in 2018. The series from Truly Original features three of the top female competitors from Season 8 of flagship series Ink MasterRyan Ashley, Kelly Doty and Nikki Simpson – who travel the country and go up against some of America's most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to… »

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Eva Longoria Producing ‘Grand Hotel’ Soapy Drama Based On Spanish Format In Works At ABC

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ABC is developing Grand Hotel, a soapy drama from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and the hit ABC/ABC Studios dramedy’s writer Bruan Tanen. The project, from Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment and ABC Studios, is based on the the popular Spanish series. Written by Tanen, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive… »

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‘City On A Hill’: Mark O’Brien Cast As Series Regular In Showtime Drama Pilot

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Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire) has been cast as a series regular opposite Aldis Hodge and Kevin Bacon in Showtime's drama pilot City on a Hill, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) is directing and executive producing. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an original idea by Affleck and MacLean, City on a Hill is set in Boston in the early '90s when the city was rife with violent criminals… »

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‘One Day She’ll Darken’: Carl Franklin Set To Direct 2 Episodes Of TNT Drama & Exec Produce

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Carl Franklin (House of Cards, Homeland) has been tapped to direct two episodes of TNT's limited drama series One Day She'll Darken. He’ll also executive produce alongside Patty JenkinsMichael Sugar, Sam Sheridan and Chris Pine Written by Sheridan, One Day She'll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an… »

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Fox News To Launch Mark Levin Sunday Primetime Show In February

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Fox News Channel said today that nationally syndicated radio talk show host and frequent Fox News contributor Mark Levin has been set to host a new Sunday primetime show, to be dubbed Life, Liberty & Levin, beginning in February. Airing at 10 Pm Et/Pt, the hourlong show will “explore the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation's future and everyday lives of citizens,” Fnc… »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ HBO Hack: U.S. Officials Charge Iranian National In Attack

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is set to announce charges against an Iranian national in last summer’s HBO hack. According to a statement from the office, Behzad Mesri allegedly hacked into HBO’s computer servers, stealing proprietary data, including information about then-unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, and then allegedly sought to extort the premium cabler. NBC 6 Miami, which received details of the indictment, says Mesri went… »

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Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Opposite Florence Pugh

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Big Little Lies Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard is dancing to the beat of The Little Drummer Girl, the recently announced John le Carré adaptation from The Night Manager team of The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC. Florence Pugh was already aboard the espionage thriller which has Park Chan-wook directing. Production on the six-part mini begins early next year with global sales handled by Endeavor Content/Img. Skarsgard is playing Becker, an intriguing stranger with whom Pugh… »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staff Defend Al Franken Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Female staff members of Saturday Night Live have released a letter defending Sen. Al Franken amid the sexual harassment allegations against him. The letter, posted on Twitter, headlined SNL Women Offer Solidarity In Support Of Al Franken, reads as follows: “We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL). What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him… »

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up As Falcons Beat Seahawks In Close Game

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Certainly there seemed to be a big difference between Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football this week, with a blowout game on the latter and a dramatic and tight matchup on the former. In the end, the Atlanta Falcons flew high over the Emerald City with a 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Mnf. A last-minute 52-yard field goal by Seattle's Blair Walsh went wrong to seal the 2013 Super Bowl champs’ second straight loss. The Falcons’ second consecutive victory… »

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How Harvey Weinstein Used NDAs And Personal Bank Accounts To Silence Accusers: Report

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The outline has been sketched out for weeks now, but Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker investigation fills in striking new details about how Harvey Weinstein used non-disclosure agreements and personal bank accounts — including brother Bob Weinstein’s — to dodge sexual harassment and assault claims. The article foregrounds two accusers: Filipino-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who ended up recording a 2015 hotel encounter with Weinstein, and former Weinstein… »

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Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell Kick Off ‘CBS This Morning’ With Frank Talk About Charlie Rose

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CBS This Morning anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell did not begin today's show on anything resembling a warm, pre-holiday note. Instead, they went directly at the absence of co-anchor Charlie Rose in a candid and stark three-minute opening discussion. (See video below.) Rose has been suspended by CBS News (and production has been halted of his PBS show) in the wake of allegations by eight women of sexual misconduct, some of which he has admitted and apologized for. As… »

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‘The Raid’s Gareth Evans Creates Gangland Drama For HBO’s Cinemax & Sky

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Exclusive: The Raid director Gareth Evans is heading to the small screen with his latest project – a big-budget gangland drama for HBO's Cinemax and Sky Atlantic. I hear that Evans has set up Gangs of London (w/t) with Pulse Films, marking the company's first move into TV drama, and Jane Featherstone's Sister Pictures, which is behind the forthcoming HBO/Sky co-production Chernobyl. The drama, which will launch in 2019, is set in contemporary London as it is becoming torn… »

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CBS & Its Stations Go Dark On Dish Network As Deal Deadline Passes

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CBS and Dish Network said tonight that they have failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage deal. As a result, CBS’ broadcast network, several local stations owned by CBS including in Los Angeles and New York, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel, are now dark on the nation’s No. 2 satellite service. The news comes as the companies’ current contract expired at 10:59 Pm Pt. Dish said CBS chose to black out the satellite provider customers'… »

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