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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards
“Shazam!” star Zachary Levi will be suiting up next for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

Levi will emcee the award show on June 17 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fresh off DC Comics’ latest blockbuster, Levi is no stranger to superhero pics, having first appeared in “Thor: The Dark World” as the Asgardian hero Fandral. He also helped take home a SAG Award for the ensemble cast in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which he plays a new love interest for Rachel Brosnahan’s titular character in the second season. Previously, the actor was best known for portraying the reluctant CIA spy Chuck Bartowski on the NBC series “Chuck.”

Viewers might be treated to some musical numbers and performances as Levi is also a singer. In 2016, he earned a Tony nomination for best leading man in the Broadway production of “She Loves Me.
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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access

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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access
The Good Fight” has been renewed for a fourth season at CBS All Access, Variety has learned.

The legal drama, executive produced and run by Michelle King and Robert King, is currently streaming its third season on the Eye’s digital network.

The show “continues to be a flagship original series for the service,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access. “Its visionary creators Robert and Michelle King and the extraordinary cast continue to explore the cultural climate with insight, humor and courage, and we can’t wait to see where these indelible characters go next.”

In the current third season, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is trying to figure out whether one can resist a crazy administration without going crazy one’s self, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with “a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells
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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere

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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere
With 10.29 million viewers, the second episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” is the fourth-largest episode in the history of the show in terms of linear audience, according to Nielsen’s preliminary figures.

This represents a dip of 12.5 percent from the premiere which drew 11.76 million in the same category. HBO has yet to release the multi-platform figures for the episode.

Only the final season premiere, the season seven finale (which garnered 12.07 million viewers), and the seventh episode of season seven (10.72 million) had more viewers that Sunday’s offering.

Across all platforms, the season 8 premiere drew 17.4 million viewers. Last Sunday also accounted for largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO, and the premiere was also the most-tweeted episode in “Thrones” history with more than 5 million tweets on the day it aired.
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At&T CEO Expects DirecTV to Keep NFL Sunday Ticket Exclusively

At&T believes it will hang on to DirecTV’s exclusive rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket, even as the league has said it’s considering ending the satellite operator’s exclusivity to extend the out-of-home games package to streaming platforms.

“The exclusivity [of Sunday Ticket] should remain as we go forward on DirecTV,” At&T CEO and chairman Randall Stephenson said on the company’s Q1 earnings call Wednesday. “We’re heavily invested in the NFL on DirecTV.”

Sunday Ticket first launched 25 years ago on DirecTV, and it’s the only place to (legally) watch all of the NFL’s regular-season Sunday daytime match-ups.
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Mrs. Maisel's Palladinos Hit the Modern Art Scene for Next Amazon Series

Mrs. Maisel's Palladinos Hit the Modern Art Scene for Next Amazon Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Emmy-winning EPs, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, have designs on the modern art scene, having optioned the non-fiction book Ninth Street Women for their next Amazon project.

Released in 2018, the Mary Gabriel-penned work chronicles the lives of five women — Lee Krasner (wife of Jackson Pollack), Elaine de Kooning (wife of Willem de Kooning), Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler — “who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-Century abstract painting — not as muses, but as artists,” according to the book’s official logline. “These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing
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The Perfectionists' Sydney Park Weighs In on Caitlin's Hit and Run Suspects

The Perfectionists is a man down after Caitlin (Sydney Park) was hit by a mystery driver in last week's episode of the Pretty Little Liars spin-off. That puts another mystery on the board along with who killed Nolan Hotchkiss (Chris Mason) and who has been blackmailing the trio since he was killed.

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Mediapro Buys Tri-Lite TV, Sets 2019 Roadmap

Furthering its expansion in North America, Spain’s Mediapro has purchased Canadian services company Tri-Lite TV.

Put through by Mediapro Canada, the deal comes days after Mediapro confirmed the acquisition of 10-year rights to the Canadian Premiere League, a new soccer competition to launch April 27 across the country.

Mediapro has also announced global revenues for 2018 of €2.0 billion ($2.2 billion), up 19% on 2017, and its strategic objectives for 2019. These take in cross-the-board continuing growth, “both organic and inorganic,” the latter by acquisition of companies – of all its divisions, it said in a recent statement.

Tri-Lite TV will give Mediapro Canada a production center with a 5,400 square-foot soundstage,
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Apos: BBC’s ‘Great Bake Off’ to be Reheated in Thailand

BBC Studios Distribution has sold the Love Productions format “The Great Bake Off” for production in Thailand. It is the cooking competition show’s first localized version in Asia.

“Bake Off Thailand” will be produced by Apj&Co, a local production house known for producing the recent seasons of “The Voice Thailand.” Over eight weeks, 12 of the country’s best amateur bakers will face increasingly difficult challenges in different disciplines. The new show is due to premiere on Thailand’s free-to-air digital terrestrial network, Pptv, in Summer 2019.

“It is an incredibly loved format that has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of families,
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Lutz Schüler Replacing Tom Mockridge at Liberty Global’s Virgin Media

Lutz Schüler is taking the reins at U.K. cabler Virgin Media, replacing media industry veteran Tom Mockridge who is stepping down.

New Zealander Mockridge is exiting to move base himself in Italy with his family. He has had a long career in pay TV and newspapers. In TV he worked at several Rupert Murdoch baked platforms and has run Australian pay-tv business Foxtel and Sky Italia. He became CEO of Virgin Media in 2013 after Liberty Global completed its acquisition of the business.

Virgin Media is the largest pay-tv business in the Liberty Global fold after it sold off assets
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Movistar+ Announces Ambitious Original Series ‘La Unidad’

Melilla, Spain — Spain’s pay TV leader Movistar+ has announced its newest original series, the anti-terrorist police drama-thriller series “La Unidad,” which started filming last week in the small autonomous Spanish community of Melilla, located on the Moroccan coast.

One of the biggest international plays to date for Movistar +, the pay TV/Svod unit of telecom Telefonica, “La Unidad” re-teams director Dani de la Torre and writer Alberto Marini (“Sleep Tight”), who found audience and international sales success with the 2015 Venice-selected “Retribution” (“El Desconicido”), which won Spanish Academy Goya Awards for new director, editing and sound, as well as six other nominations.
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At&T Sells WarnerMedia Hudson Yards Space to Pay Down Debt

At&T has cut a deal to sell and lease back its WarnerMedia office space in New York’s glitzy Hudson Yards development for $2.2 billion to help pare down its enormous debt load.

At&T said Tuesday it has set a deal to sell its office space at 30 Hudson Yards to an affiliate of Related Companies, the developer of the 14-acre Westside residential and retail development that opened with great fanfare in March.

At&T said it has struck a long-term lease with Related Companies to keep WarnerMedia on the site through early 2034. WarnerMedia properties in New York are in the
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The Voice Live Cross Battles Results Recap: The Top 24 Revealed at Last — Plus, Who'd Blake Shelton Steal Back?

Knowing that The Voice would be eliminating five singers in Tuesday’s second (and final) Live Cross Battles Results Show, I made a few fearless predictions before Season 16’s Top 24 were revealed. Thinking over Monday’s performances, and considering the results of TVLine’s poll, I figured that the contestants who’d be losing their Battles would be Team Adam’s Lb Crew, Team Legend’s Julian King, Team Legend’s Jacob Maxwell, Team Kelly’s The Bundys, Team Blake’s Karly Moreno, Team Legend’s Jimmy Mowery, Team Legend’s Beth Griffith-Manley and Team Kelly’s Abby Kasch.

Beyond that,
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Being Mary Jane Series Finale Recap: Did Mj Get Her Happy Ending? Grade It!

Being Mary Jane Series Finale Recap: Did Mj Get Her Happy Ending? Grade It!
After four seasons of family drama, office politics and failed relationships, Tuesday’s Being Mary Jane series finale gave Gabrielle Union’s character everything she’s ever wanted — just not quite how she expected to get it.

The two-hour event — which was basically a condensed version of what a fifth season might have been — began just moments before Mary Jane was set to walk down the aisle. But who was the lucky groom? For that reveal, the Bet drama turned back the clock one full year, to the moment Justin proposed in the fourth season finale.

And if you thought
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Roswell, New Mexico Ep Breaks Down Finale's Out-of-This-World Twists, Looks Ahead to Possible Season 2

Roswell, New Mexico Ep Breaks Down Finale's Out-of-This-World Twists, Looks Ahead to Possible Season 2
The first season of Roswell, New Mexico reached its explosive conclusion on Tuesday with a cliffhanger that took life-and-death stakes to dizzying new heights.

But before we break down the episode’s biggest surprises with executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie, let’s do a quick recap: Embracing his inner “savior,” Max used his newfound powers to defeat Noah, a victory he and Liz celebrated with some long-overdue sex. Unbeknownst to either of them, Isobel and Michael had just discovered Rosa’s corpse in a pod in Noah’s cave, something they decided not to tell Liz about. But because Max was still in hero mode,
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The Flash Recap: Did a Big Fight Ko Barry & Iris? Plus, [Spoiler] Turns Evil

The Flash Recap: Did a Big Fight Ko Barry & Iris? Plus, [Spoiler] Turns Evil
Family feuds were the theme this week on The Flash, as the West-Allens argued over an abandonment issue and things got ever chillier between the Snows.

Kicking off the episode, Iris rightly railed at Barry for whisking Nora back to the future and then leaving her there, forbidden to return. “You always see one way through a problem, damn what I think,” she roared. Despite therapy and what not over the years, “You’re still making decisions based on emotions.” When Barry attempts to respond, Iris reminds him of Flashpoint and how he voluntary entered the Speed Force, as but two examples.
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Ken Watanabe to Star in Japan Edition of ‘The Fugitive’

Warner Bros. International Television Production and Japan’s TV Asahi network are teaming to remake “The Fugitive” as a special program that celebrates TV Asahi’s 60th anniversary.

Ken Watanabe will star in the title role made famous by David Janssen in the 1963-1967 U.S. TV series and then by Harrison Ford in the 1993 film. Both the show and the movie were hits in Japan.

The new drama will be set in present-day Tokyo just before the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The wife of an elite surgeon, Kazuki Kakurai (Watanabe), is murdered and, despite Kakurai’s insistence that
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The Bold Type Cast Talks That Tough Consent Storyline and Cancel Culture

Tackling tough social issues is something Freeform's The Bold Type excels at. Still, it was hard not to be nervous when the show announced it'd be doing a consent episode in Season 3, especially considering they decided to tell it from the male perspective.

"Stroke of Genius" focused on Alex (Matt

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Complete Coverage

Winter is officially here.

It might have taken a bit longer than we would have liked, but the eighth and final season of HBO's Game of Thrones is finally upon us. As we all return to Westeros one last time, allow us to gather every recap, review, ranking, explainer, and fan

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George R.R. Martin Wishes ‘Game of Thrones’ Aired ‘A Few More Seasons’ Before Ending TV Run

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” only has four episodes left before it says goodbye to television for good, and “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin isn’t exactly pleased with that fact. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Martin explained that he’s a bit wistful about the fantasy series coming to an end and shared that he would have preferred the series run longer than just eight seasons.

“It’s complex and I’m a little sad, actually,” Martin said when asked how he’s feeling about the end of the “Thrones” television series. “I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. [Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Creators Tease a New Arena for the ‘Explosiveness’ of Action in Season 2

‘Cobra Kai’ Creators Tease a New Arena for the ‘Explosiveness’ of Action in Season 2
Forget “Game of Thrones” and “Avengers.” When “Cobra Kai” debuts its second season on Wednesday, April 24, it’s time for war. YouTube Premium’s “Karate Kid” sequel series picks up where it left off with Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) opening his own dojo, Miyagi-Do Karate, in the wake of his rival Johnny Lawrence’s (William Zabka) Cobra Kai dojo winning the All Valley Karate Tournament.

“We always loved the idea of these two rival dojos competing for the soul of the Valley,” said Hayden Schlossberg, who co-created the series alongside Josh Heald and Jon Hurwitz. “There was something that was fun about that for us, but it also provided the types of stakes that could lead to awesome scenes. Thematically, this season is about showing mercy.”

In Season 1, successful auto dealer Daniel comes out of karate retirement when Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo to teach kids who have been bullied to fight back.
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