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‘Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss To Curate BBC’s ‘Queers’; ‘Berlin Station’ Rolls Into Europe – Global Briefs

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In an effort to discover and support a next-generation of voices in front of and behind the camera, the BBC is embarking on a series of initiatives including training programs and an Lgbt project curated by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. Queers has been written by a group of up-and-upcoming Lgbt writers for BBC Four. There are eight 15-minute monologues (penned by Keith Jarrett, Jon Bradfield, Gareth McLean, Matthew Baldwin, Michael Dennis, Jackie Clune, Brian Fillis… »

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Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport Wedded To ITV Family Thriller ‘Next Of Kin’

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Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport have been set to star in ITV’s upcoming family thriller, Next Of Kin. From Mammoth Screen, the contemporary drama is created by BAFTA-nominated Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) in his first collaboration with wife, Natasha Narayan. Emmy and BAFTA nominee Justin Chadwick is directing. Shooting starts in April in the UK and overseas. The six-part series follows whip-smart Gp Mona Shirani (Panjabi) who lives in London with political… »

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‘Cat Meets Dog’: Fur Flies – Or Doesn’t – In New Animal Planet Series With Jackson Galaxy

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“Dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria!” Remember Bill Murray’s statement of incredulity from Ghostbusters? Well, loosen your collars, fans of the four-legged, because Animal Planet in attempting a sort of interspecies intervention this year. Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy and dog trainer Zoe Stathis-Sandor will try to keep the fur from flying in Cat Meets Dog (wt), in which they hope to establish harmony in households where kitties and canines don't get along… »

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‘Planet Earth II’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Night Manager’ Lead BAFTA TV Craft Award Nominations – Full List

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for its BAFTA TV Craft Awards this morning in London with the BBC’s landmark natural history series Planet Earth II scoring a lead nine mentions. Netflix also broke out today with its epic period drama The Crown tallying up seven (a first for the streaming service), while the BBC’s John Le Carré adaptation The Night Manager spied six. The Craft Awards are honoring behind-the-scenes talent across… »

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‘Humans’ Renewed For Season 3 By AMC

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AMC has picked up an eight-episode third season of sci-fi drama series Humans for premiere in 2018. Production will begin in the fall with key cast set to return. Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the series — which also airs on Channel 4 in the UK — is set in a parallel present and focuses on what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred. It’s based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans created by Lars Lundstrom and… »

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WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members

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Updated: Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers' strike tonight when the WGA West's board of directors approved sending strike authorization ballots to the guild's members. Tonight's vote came at the unanimous recommendation of the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management's AMPTP on Friday. The WGA East's council will vote tomorrow to send strike authorization ballots to their members. Earlier tonight, the WGA West… »

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Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Bureau Of Obvious Nepotism

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Stephen Colbert is back to taping shows on the same day as broadcast, so he could note today that President Donald Trump announced his son-in-law Jared Kusher will oversee a broad effort to overhaul the federal government. “And, the government desperately needs overhaul,” Colbert agreed. “Somebody keeps putting totally unqualified people in charge of really important stuff.” Kushner will be heading what will be called the Office of American Innovation. It’s vague, Colbert… »

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‘Spaced Out’: Matt Shively & Christine Woods To Topline NBC Comedy Pilot

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The Real O’Neals co-star Matt Shively has been set as the lead and Christine Woods as the female lead in NBC's space-travel comedy pilot Spaced Out, from the Undateable duo of creator/executive producer Adam Sztykiel and executive producer Bill Lawrence. For Shively, the casting is in second position to ABC’s softly rated sophomore family comedy series The Real O’Neals, which is not expected to get a third season. Written by Sztykiel and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Spaced… »

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Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show Renewed For Season 2

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Harry Connick Jr.’s syndicated talk show Harry is coming back for a second go-round. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and Fox television stations have renewed the Emmy-nominated talker for Season 2. The show originally had a two-year deal, but it has been a soft ratings performer. After lengthy talks, NBCU and Fox decided the show would be picked up for a second season. Harry‘s first season premiered with a 1.4 household rating in the metered markets and a… »

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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Extended Trailer: “The Gloves Are Off Now” – You Betcha

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“It’s not the Minnesota I grew up in, I tell ya that.” Hardly. That’s Ewan McGregor as Emmit Stussy, the Parking Lot King of the state, who finds himself mixed up with the wrong guys. “You’re twice the man your brother is — let’s go kick ass.” That comes from Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nikki Swango, whose boyfriend is Ray Stussy, the Parking Lot King’s underachieving sibling who plots revenge. “I got a place that needs a little robbin,'” he says. Oh, he’s also played by… »

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Pilot Season 2017: Network Ownership & In-Season Stacking Rights Cast Shadow

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The biggest new series of the season (and one of the biggest drama series on broadcast TV at the moment) is NBC’s This Is Us, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. The best performing new Fox series and the first freshman drama series to get a renewal for next season is Lethal Weapon, from Warner Bros TV. Yet, both broadcast networks stayed predominantly in-house for their drama pilots this year — Fox ordering no pilots from outside studios and NBC picking up one — as… »

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‘Big Little Lies’ Notches Another Series High As It Nears April 2 Finale

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HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies drew 1.4 million viewers Sunday, up from 1.17 million the previous week, for its highest Live+Same Day rating to date as it nears the April 2 finale. Total viewing for the night, including replays and HBO Go and HBO Now, was 2 million, also a series high, up 19% from the March 19 telecast and 23% above the series debut in February. Episodes are averaging more than 7 million viewers to date across all platforms. The seven-episode… »


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Miles Teller To Star In Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’

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Miles Teller (Whiplash) is set as the series lead for Amazon’s upcoming original drama series Too Old to Die Young, from Nicolas Winding Refn. Written by Refn (Neon Demon, Drive) and Ed Brubaker (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Westworld), Too Old to Die Young explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers' existential journeys in becoming samurai. The entire series will be directed by Refn. Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in the… »

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WGA Members Still Paying For Last Strike

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It's been more than nine years since the last WGA strike ended, with another now looming, but guild members still are paying for it. According to the WGA West's most recent report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 45 writers still owed the guild $392,883 in strike loans from the 100-day 2007-08 walkout, as of the guild's fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. One writer still owed more than $30,000; six others owed more than $20,000; seven owed more than $10,000; and… »

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‘Westworld’: Louis Herthum Upped To Series Regular For Season 2 On HBO

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Daddy’s back. Louis Herthum is joining the cast of HBO’s Westworld as a regular in Season 2. The promotion comes after Herthum was introduced as a recurring guest star in six episodes of the sci-fi drama’s breakout first season. He will continue as Peter Abernathy, the father of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Herthum is having a wonderful moment with Westworld. It has opened new doors for the veteran character actor who has been getting feature opportunities off of his Westw… »

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‘True Detective’: David Milch In Talks To Join Nic Pizzolatto For Potential Season 3 On HBO

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HBO is pairing up two of the marquee names on its talent roster, with veteran David Milch possibly joining True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for a potential third season of the crime drama franchise. The two have been talking, though I hear a potential partnership is still in its embryonic stages. Pizzolatto is a big fan of Milch and, like so many younger writers, he was influenced by the work of the NYPD Blue co-creator. The nature of their collaboration is still… »


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‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Says She’s Exiting Show As Jail Time Looms

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"I will no longer take part in Dance Moms," Abby Lee Miller says of the long-running Lifetime series in what could be an exit or another ploy in a consistently brinkmanship relationship the show’s producers. However, the apparently ex-host might not be crying wolf this time as she is less than two months away from a long-delayed sentencing hearing that could see her behind bars for more than two years for fraud. "I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love… »

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Chuck Schumer Demands House Dump Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes After White House Deflects Questions

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer today called for House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-ca) as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Schumer’s remarks, on the floor of the Senate, came as Nunes’ office confirmed this morning that he viewed on the White House grounds confidential information about intelligence gathering that swept up Trump associates, the night before he went to the White House to inform them about intelligence reports to… »

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Draws Nearly 1M Viewers In VH1 Debut

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RuPaul’s Drag Race is settling in well at its new home on VH1. The series drew nearly 1 million viewers for Friday’s Season 9 premiere, breaking ratings records and making it the show’s most-watched episode ever. The telecast tripled its 8 Pm time slot and more than doubled its viewership from last season’s debut on Logo. The Emmy-winning series moved to VH1 as part of the recent restructuring under the networks’ owner Viacom. The Season 9 premiere also performed well on… »

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Own Sets Docuseries ‘Released’ & ‘Checking Inn’ For Saturday Nights This Fall

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Own said today that it has ordered a pair of docuseries to join its Saturday night lineup in the fall: Released, which follows formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time to restart their lives, and Checking Inn (wt), about former Essence magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood pursuing her lifelong dream of running a bed and breakfast. "Own's Saturday night lineup features entertaining and thought-provoking docuseries… »

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