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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Canceled At BBC America

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There will be no third season for BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The network has opted not to renew the series, which just wrapped Season 2. "We are beyond proud of this brilliant original series and so appreciative of the outstanding team behind it including Max Landis, Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and many many others,” said BBC America in a statement. “It was a privilege to work with this talented and passionate group of writers, producers and… »

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Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns’ Write-Hand Man, To Receive WGA East Career Honor

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Geoffrey C. Ward, whose 150 hours of documentary writing on PBS include on Ken BurnsThe Civil War, Baseball, The West, Jazz and most recently WGA-nominated The Vietnam War, will be awarded the WGA East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The honor will be bestowed February 11 at the New York ceremony for the WGA Awards at the Edison Ballroom. Burns will be on hand to present the award to Ward, who also has written extensively for PBS’ American Experience… »

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Showtime Sets Premiere Date For Animated ‘Our Cartoon President’ From Stephen Colbert: Watch The Trailer

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Showtime will premiere its animated half-hour series Our Cartoon President, from Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht, on Feburary 11. The series’ launch airs at 8 Pm ahead of the premium cabler’s Season 7 premiere of Homeland at 9 Pm. Not coincidentally, President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address a few days earlier, on January 30, marking his first speech to the full Congress since his joint address in February. Showtime will give viewers an… »

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Casting Society Issues Open Call To Performers With Disabilities

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The Casting Society of America is hosting a first-of-its-kind open casting call for performers with disabilities to showcase their talents in front of professional casting directors in cities around the country. The open call, which is free of charge to union and non-union performers with disabilities who are actively pursuing careers in the arts, will be held January 7 in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Albuquerque and several other cities, including… »

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TNT Acquires Off-Network Rights To CBS’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

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CBS has inked a deal with TNT for off-network cable rights to drama series NCIS: New Orleans. Under the pact, TNT has the rights to the first three seasons of the praised drama starring Scott Bakula and each subsequent season after the drama has aired on CBS Network.  The deal is not exclusive and the show can be sold to Svod and broadcast syndication. We hear TNT is paying a per-episode fee in the mid-to-high six figure range. The sale comes in the middle of the third… »

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‘Chicago P.D.’ Picked Up By Fox Stations For Fall ’18 Broadcast Syndication Launch

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Fox Television Stations has closed a deal with NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution for national syndication rights to Dick Wolf’s NBC police drama series Chicago P.D. Beginning in September, the show will air Monday-Friday on local broadcast stations including Fox owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Orlando and Charlotte, among others. The broadcast syndication deal… »

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Amazon Passes On All 3 Pilots From Fall 2017 Pilot Season: ‘Sea Oak’, ‘Love You More’ & ‘The Climb’

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Exclusive: I have learned that Amazon Studios has opted not to pick up any of the three comedy pilots that were part of the current fall 2017 pilot season. That includes Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close; Love You More, from Patti Cake$' Bridget Everett and Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King; and Diarra Kilpatrick's The Climb. There is no renewal decision yet on comedy series One Mississippi, and Amazon has yet to weigh in on the future of I Love Dick. The decision to… »

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Twitter Suspends Source Of Donald Trump’s Much-Blasted Anti-Muslim Retweets

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President Donald Trump  won’t have Brit alt-righter Jayda Fransen’s videos to retweet any more. Monday morning, Twitter suspended the account of the deputy leader of nationalist UK party Britain First. It was Fransen’s graphic anti-Muslim videos that Trump re-tweeted late last month, causing widespread outrage and disgust among Brit politicians. Trump’s retweets also were addressed in a statement from the White House, insisting it does not matter whether the videos are… »

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Tavis Smiley Takes His Case To ‘Gma’: “PBS Made A Huge Mistake”; Pubcaster Says He “Needs To Get His Story Straight” – Update

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Updated with new PBS statement: “Tavis Smiley needs to get his story straight,” PBS says in response to Smiley’s Good Morning America interview this morning about the pubcaster’s decision to suspend distribution of his program. PBS’ statement: First, today on Good Morning America, Mr. Smiley acknowledged he has had multiple sexual encounters with his employees, then struggled to recall the number of current employees with whom he has had sex. This contradicts his Facebook… »

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NBC Will Stream ‘Sunday Night Football’ To Mobile Phones Starting In 2018

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NBCUniversal has acquired rights from the NFL to stream Sunday Night Football through NBC's “TV Everywhere” offering to mobile phones for the first time, beginning with the 2018 season. The top-rated weekly games already have been available to cable subscribers via authenticated apps for tablets and connected TVs, but streaming to phones became possible when Verizon recently re-upped with the NFL on a non-exclusive basis. In its announcement, NBCU noted that the… »

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John Skipper Resigns As Espn President; Admits Substance Abuse Problem; George Bodenheimer New Acting Chairman

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Updated with George Bodenheimer statement:  John Skipper resigned as president of Espn and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday, citing his substance abuse problem. George Bodenheimer, Espn’s president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over as the acting chairman of the company for the next 90 days to help Disney chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger find Skipper’s replacement, Espn said. Here is Skipper’s… »

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Up, Low ‘Christmas Story Live!’ Topped By ‘Sound Of Music’ Movie Encore In Viewers

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A week before Christmas Eve, it was a very busy Sunday — and we don't mean just with the shopping and packing some of you are still working on. With a hard-fought and potential playoff preview New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers game on CBS owning the earlier part of the evening, it was NFL football vs. the live musical tradition on the Big 4 last night as Sunday Night Football and A Christmas Story Live! went head-to-head. Thing is, it wasn't much of a battle. Live… »

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Rob Lowe Helps & Feeds Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near His Montecito Home

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Rob Lowe is taking time to show his appreciation for the firefighters batting the massive Thomas fire near his home in Montecito, California. He shared a photo on Instagram of a Cal Fire firefighters crew dining Sunday evening his home. “Dinner for new friends at our house,” Lowe wrote. Lowe even grabbed a hose to help firefighters. “You do what you can, but when it's time.. you Go,” he wrote. So far today, the news is better for firefighters who have been on the front… »


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HBO Confirms Sheila Nevins Exiting In 2018 As Documentary Films President

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HBO has released more details of the departure of Sheila Nevins, the longtime president of HBO Documentary and Family Programming. The premium cabler said today in a release that Nevins is leaving the network in early 2018 to “pursue the rest of my life.” The New York Times first reported Nevins was exiting HBO after 38 years in a lengthy profiled published on Saturday. "HBO is in my DNA and I will always consider it to be my alma mater," said Nevins. "The word legend is… »

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‘Good Day La’ Taps Rita Garcia As Co-Host

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La’s Fox 11 has tapped Rita Garcia as co-host of Good Day La alongside Megan Colarossi. Garcia begins her new job today on the morning news and entertainment program, which airs weekdays from 9-10 Am. "Rita is an experienced journalist who is already familiar with the unique culture and landscape of Southern California, making her the perfect addition to the 'Good Day La' morning team,” said station Vice President and News Director, Kristine Knutsen who made the… »

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Donald Trump Tweets Gop Having Good Year, Will “Do Well In 2018”

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President Donald Trump, still smarting over Trump-backed Roy Moore’s stunning defeat in Alabama, tweeted this morning the Gop is having a good year: “Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons) and they did.” “I also predicted ‘I’ would win,” Trump tweeted. Much interesting speculation Monday morning as to why Potus put “I” in quote marks. “Republicans… »

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BBC Lines Up Feature-Length Doc On Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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Harvey Weinstein is set to be the leading man in a feature-length documentary about his sex scandal that has engulfed Hollywood. The BBC is to lift the veil on Weinstein after more than 80 women accused him of various inappropriate behavior ranging from rape to sexual assault through to intimidation, bullying and strange showering habits. Simon and Jonathan Chinn's Lightbox is making the 90-minute film, which will be directed by Ursula MacFarlane, who has directed docs… »

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TV Review: Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Brings Oscar & Tony Winners Benj Pasek And Justin Paul To TV Audience

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Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trigger. Nothing, that is, unless it’s another vision, this one eye-poppingly aglitter, of a sexy, spangled schoolteacher-turned-hoofer sellin’ it, surrounded by a bevy of prepubescent girls in can-can regalia, also sellin’ it. Call me old fashioned, or politically correct or whatever you choose, but… »

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

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In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.  The live two and a half minute commercial for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. The spot also streamed live… »

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