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Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert Among Stars to Appear on HBO’s Autism Benefit Special

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Comedians are lining up to perform on HBO’s upcoming autism benefit special, Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs.

The show, hosted by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, will feature a mix of sketches, short films and stand-up performances, including appearances by Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver and Adam Sandler. More participants are expected to be announced.

Night of Too Many Stars previously aired on Stewart’s old home, Comedy Central. This year, the all-star benefit will move »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Sophia Bush Inks Talent, Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Five months after walking away from her starring role on NBC's Chicago P.D., Sophia Bush is plotting her TV return.

The actress and activist has inked a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Sources say Bush fielded multiple offers, including from Chicago P.D. producers Universal Television, but ultimately signed with 20th.

Under the pact, Bush will star in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio as well as develop and executive produce additional projects for the company.

"Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard. I’m »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Sean Spicer Hits Harvard University to Give Talks

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It was back to school for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who gave about a dozen talks this week at Harvard University as part of a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics.

Spicer, who chatted with The Hollywood Reporter as he headed to Boston's Logan Airport, said he spoke to undergraduate students, graduate students, business school students and law school students between Tuesday and Thursday.

The events were heavy on Q&A's with students, and Spicer said the bulk of the questions were about media relations, campaign politics and the state of the Republican Party.

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- Jeremy Barr

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Nickelodeon Fires 'Loud House' Creator After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Loud House creator Chris Savino's time at Nickelodeon has come to an end.

The Viacom-owned cable network has fired Savino days after multiple women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the animator.

Up to a dozen women have accused Savino, 46, of sexual harassment, unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior as well as threats of blacklisting female colleagues who were no longer in consensual relationships with him, according to Cartoon Brew, which was first with the news.

"Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering »

- Lesley Goldberg

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AMC Launches Virtual Reality App With 'The Walking Dead' Bonus Scene

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AMC is betting that The Walking Dead will breathe life into its new virtual reality app. 

The cable network has launched AMC Vr, its new hub for immersive video, with an extended bonus scene from the popular zombie drama. The 360-degree scene, which will feature Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam, will debut on the app following the upcoming season-eight premiere of The Walking Dead. The scene, produced by Moth + Flame, was directed by Greg Nicotero, an executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor on the series, and co-directed by Kevin Cornish. It will become available on the AMC »

- Natalie Jarvey

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'Breaking Bad' Actors to Host Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

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Two actors from the hit series Breaking Bad will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Bob Odenkirk, who played sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, is sponsoring a benefit event in Albuquerque, where the show was filmed, the actor announced on social media.

"Albuquerque! A benefit event for Puerto Rico — October 23 with my friend Steven Quezada of Breaking Bad. Join in if you can!" Odenkirk wrote on Twitter, with a picture of the invitation.

Steven Michael Quezada played federal drug enforcement agent Steven Gomez in Breaking Bad and is now an elected »

- the Associated Press

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Showtime Nabs Legal Thriller From 'Good Wife' Creators

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Showtime continues to add to its drama roster.

The premium cable network has handed out a series commitment for a legal thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. While not a straight-to-series order, it means that if the project does not go forward, Showtime will have to pay a massive series penalty. 

Your Honor will be written and executive produced by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat, whose BBC drama Criminal Justice inspired HBO's Emmy-nominated limited series The Night Of. The Kings will exec produce.

Your Honor is described as a legal thriller that rips through Chicago society. »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Walking Dead': The 100 Greatest Moments, Ranked

18 hours ago

One hundred episodes. That's a whole lot of rotten flesh.

As soon as the upcoming season eight premiere, AMC's The Walking Dead will have officially logged 100 episodes over the course of its existence — an impressive number by any measure, and especially noteworthy given there's no end to the zombie drama in sight. With so many days gone by in the world of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his friends (and foes), it's virtually impossible to sit back and recall every single atrocity the survivors of this post-apocalyptic world have committed and otherwise endured. But »

- Josh Wigler

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Mipcom: Gordon Ramsay Talks Cocaine Documentary, Embracing "Grittier" Projects

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Cement powder, sulfuric acid, battery acid and gasoline are not the normal ingredients in a Gordon Ramsay recipe. But the famed TV chef traveled to Colombia and Honduras to take a closer look at these ingredients as part of his new documentary, Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine.

"I had to get to the crux of the recipe, so we witnessed the process," said the MasterChef star, who saw all the poisonous ingredients added before it was cooked and crystallized.

The documentary project started out with Ramsay wanting to show how cocaine and drug use is decimating chefs who think they're rock »

- Rhonda Richford

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'Casual' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Hulu

19 hours ago

The end is near for Casual.

Hulu has renewed the series for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The last eight-episode season will premiere sometime in 2018. The renewal comes two and a half months after the end of season three.

Starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, Casual marked one of the streamer's first forays into original scripted programming. Launching in 2015, the half-hour also helped usher Hulu into the awards-season conversation, earning a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy that same year. 

Zander Lehmann created the Lionsgate TV series, while Liz »

- Kate Stanhope

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and More Cmt 'Artists of the Year' Open Show With Las Vegas Tribute

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During Wednesday night's (Oct. 18) 2017 Cmt Artists of the Year awards show, honorees Jason AldeanLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineChris Stapleton, and Keith Urban opened the show with a somber tribute to the victims of the countless tragedies that have occurred in the U.S. over the past month. The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was of particular focus, as Aldean headlined the event as the tragedy occurred.

Bryan began the tribute with a statement on the effects of music. “Music can be so powerful, and we have never needed it more than we do right now.” He continued, “Music moves »

- Allison Stubblebine, Billboard

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TV Ratings: 'Riverdale' Takes Week 2 Dip, Fox Tops Wednesday

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Fox nabbed a Wednesday victory with a steady outing of Empire. The drama topped all other broadcast offerings with an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. (Star followed with a 1.3 rating in the key demo.)

Just behind Empire were similarly steady episodes of CBS' Survivor and ABC's Modern Family — each of which averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. But CBS beat ABC to No. 2 status for the night, even if Seal Team dipped to a low 1.0 rating before an even Criminal Minds (1.1 adults). ABC's other comedies — The Goldbergs (1.4 adults), Speechless (1.1 adults), American Housewife »

- Michael O'Connell

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UTA Signs The Jim Henson Company (Exclusive)

19 hours ago

The Jim Henson Company, the puppet-based production house behind Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, has signed with the UTA.

The partnership will focus on expanding the company's feature and primetime television slate, as well as Vr, gaming and digital initiatives.

"As we become more active in film and primetime, a partnership with UTA's highly motivated team will bring together our creative and innovative legacy with the top talent in the industry, leading to some exciting announcements very soon," said CEO Lisa Henson.

Founded in 1955 by puppeteer Jim Henson as Muppets Inc., The Jim Henson Company was behind the popular »

- Mia Galuppo

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'Mr. Robot': Cracking the Code on Elliot's New Plan and That Massive Death

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[Warning: this story contains spoilers for season three, episode two of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]

Goodbye, friend.

The second episode of Mr. Robot's third season removed a player from the field, killed off in shockingly brutal fashion: Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), a mainstay since the earliest days of the series, shot in the head by her jilted lover Derek (Chris Conroy). It's the first series regular casualty in three seasons of Robot, and one that feels especially surprising considering Joanna's enigmatic role as a devil-may-care power player in the Sam Esmail-created »

- Josh Wigler

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'Better Things' Renewed for Third Season at FX

19 hours ago

Better Things will be back.

FX has renewed the Pamela Adlon comedy for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2018, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pickup comes in the midst of the acclaimed series' second season. In addition to creating, writing and starring on the show, Adlon also directed all 10 episodes of season two.

The semi-autobiographical comedy returned in September to rave reviews, including from THR TV critic Tim Goodman, who called season two "wonderfully nuanced" and even wrote that the comedy was "one of TV's most exceptional series." Adlon also received an »

- Kate Stanhope

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Steve Buscemi Replaces Owen Wilson in TBS Anthology

19 hours ago

There's a change at the top of TBS' upcoming comedic anthology Miracle Workers.

Owen Wilson has dropped out of the seven-episode comedy from Lorne Michaels and Simon Rich, with Steve Buscemi stepping in to star opposite Harry Potter grad Daniel Radcliffe. Wilson is said to have just walked away from the project.

Miracle Workers is executive produced by Saturday Night Live's Michaels and created by Man Seeking Woman's Rich, who also will serve as showrunner on the series. In addition to Michaels, executive producers include Rich, Wilson, Radcliffe and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Samie Kim Falvey Tapped as Imagine TV President

19 hours ago

Samie Kim Falvey is returning to the executive suite.

Falvey has been tapped as president of independent production company Imagine Television. The news comes a day after Francie Calfo was promoted to chairman of the company.

For Falvey, the move marks a return to television after she served as head of M4, the planned over-the-top service from AwesomenessTV and Verizon. The effort folded in February. Before that, she was head of comedy at Disney-owned ABC.

"Samie is an amazing and respected executive with great taste and deep relationships,” Calfo said. “I'm thrilled to have her in this key leadership position »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Mipcom: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams Talk New Starz Drama

20 hours ago

Viewers will get double the dose of J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd on Sony and Starz's new parallel-worlds drama, Counterpart, but don't call the Berlin-set drama "sci-fi."

"Say 'sci-fi' and there are so many images that spring to life," said Simmons, adding that while the premise has elements of the genre, it draws heavily on Cold War and spy themes while working in a sci-fi world.

"We really didn't want ray guns," added writer and creator Justin Marks, who framed it as a metaphysical, existential, John LeCarre-inspired spy thriller.

So what's it about? "Regret or hope, depending on »

- Rhonda Richford

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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Sexual Assault in Hollywood, Praises #MeToo Movement

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On Thursday's edition of her eponymous daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres praised the #MeToo movement during her monologue on Thursday's show.

Commenting on the numerous women who have come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood in the wake of disturbing allegations about Harvey Weinstein, DeGeneres said of sexual misconduct, "This is not a male thing or a female thing. It is not a Hollywood thing or a political thing. This is a human thing. And it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world, and we are all the same." 

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- Lexy Perez

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'Daily Show' Contributor Michelle Wolf Takes on Weinstein, Calls for Gender-Based Solution

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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah contributor Michelle Wolf, comically addressed the sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein during Wednesday's broadcast.

Wolf said there is a deeper underlying issue within the scandal: "This problem is bigger than Harvey Weinstein."

After the New York Times exposed decades of alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein and more than 40 women claimed they were either harassed or assaulted by the disgraced mogul, Wolf attributed Weinstein's actions, in part, to a misconstrued perspective men share.

"Men don't know anything that's going on with women," Wolf explained. "You think you understand vaginas because sometimes »

- Lexy Perez

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