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Fox Studio Lot Staying In The Murdoch Fold Post-Disney Deal

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As Disney’s imminent takeover of key 21st Century Fox assets continues to roil the industry, the real estate aspect of the deal had been an intriguing subplot. But questions about the fate of the lot appear to have an answer, as a well-placed source tells Deadline the real-estate portfolio is staying put. The Fox lot on Pico Boulvard had seemed potentially expendable, given that Disney already has its own operation in Burbank. It already shrunk, famously, in the early… »

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Olivier Martinez To Star In Action-Adventure TV Series ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’

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Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) is set to star in action-adventure series Soldiers of Fortune,  produced by New Zealand’s Mercenary TV Limited and Ireland’s Subotica, and executive produced by Roadside Attractions TV (Dear White People). Set in the shadowy world of high-risk corporate warfare, Soldiers of Fortune stars Martinez as Vincent Corbo, a battle-scarred black-ops Specialist hired by visionary high-tech mogul Peter Swann to fight the ruthless business rivals… »


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‘Reverie’ Casts Jon Fletcher; Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘Champions’

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Jon Fletcher (Genius: Einstein), has booked a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming VR thriller Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. Penned by Fisher, it is described as a grounded thriller that follows Mara Kint (Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly… »


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Tracy Morgan TBS Comedy ‘The Last O.G.’ Taps Saladin K. Patterson As Showrunner

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Exclusive: Seasoned comedy writer-producer Saladin K. Patterson has joined Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele's upcoming TBS comedy series The Last O.G. as executive producer and new showrunner. He replaces co-creator John Carcieri, who exited after production on Season 1 wrapped this fall. Patterson will shepherd post-production for the first season, whose launch was moved from late October 2017 to spring 2018, when the network’s popular NBA coverage on sibling TNT will be… »

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Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Will Air First Live TV Ad For A Movie

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It’s beginning to look a lot like A Christmas Story Live! will air what Fox says is the first live TV commercial for a feature film — and in fact, it will. The network said today that the spot for The Greatest Showman will run during Sunday’s live production of the Broadway musical. Fox also said that its three-hour show will open with “Count on Christmas,” a new original song written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and to be performed by Bebe Rexha. The Dear Evan Hansen… »

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CNN Wins Alabama Election Night In News Demo, Fnc Takes Total Viewers

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CNN pounded its competitors in the news demo with Tuesday night’s coverage of the Gop’s stinging loss of Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones. CNN clocked 1.15M viewers in the 25-54 age bracket in primetime, 8-11 Pm Et. Fnc delivered 809K viewers in the demo, and MSNBC turned up 808K. Fnc snagged the largest overall audience in the block of tim: 3.55M  viewers. MSNBC followed with 3.15M and CNN with 2.76M. But MSNBC bagged the biggest crowd in the 10 Pm hour… »

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Sets Stage Debut In Geffen Revival Of Neil Labute’s ‘Fat Pig’

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Chrissy Metz, a key ensemble player in NBC’s popular series This Is Us, will make her stage debut this spring in a Geffen Playhouse revival of Neil Labute’s disturbing 2004 drama Fat Pig. The production will replace Labute's The Way We Get By, with preview performances beginning May 16 and opening night May 23. The production closes Sunday, June 24. Additional casting will be announced. The play follows what happens when a young man falls in love with a smart, sexy… »

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‘Arrow’: Colton Haynes Confirmed To Return To CW/DC Series

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It’s been rumored for months and now it’s official. The CW has confirmed that Colton Haynes will return to Arrow for a short arc in a reprisal of his role as Roy Harper Aka Arsenal. Haynes exited the CW/DC series at the end of Season 3. The Teen Wolf alum joined Arrow as a recurring character in the second half of Season 1 and became a regular at the beginning of Season 2 with a two-year deal. He left when that contract was up. "We're thrilled to announce that Colton… »

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Wme Bolsters Comedy Touring, Nabs Seven APAers After Mike Berkowitz Jump

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In a move that follows last week’s hiring of top Apa comedy touring agent Mike Berkowitz as partner, Wme has brought in five more agents from Apa and two support staffers. Apa agents Marcus Levy, Amy Lynch and Andrew Russell have joined the agency's comedy touring team. Also coming are agents Danielle Esparza and Tommy Pucciani and Apa's marketing director Jillian Doyle and financial director Cara Nordberg. They will complement Berkowitz, who is overseeing the Wme comedy… »

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Netflix Named PETA’s 2017 Company Of Year

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For airing and creating movies and documentaries “exposing animal abuse in marine parks, circuses, and the meat and dairy industries,” Netflix today was named 2017 Company of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA said it was recognizing Netflix for “offering eco-friendly, pro-vegan films—including Cowspiracy, What the Health, Forks Over Knives and Okja” as well as for documentaries about animals used for entertainment, including Blackfish and Tyke E… »

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Omarosa Exits Donald Trump Orbit Under Secret Service Escort: Report

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Updated with details: Omarosa Manigault-Newman got shown the door at the White House because Chief of Staff John Kelly “was tired of it,” CNN contributor April Ryan told Wolf Blitzer Wednesday afternoon. “He was tired of all the drama,” she specified. "Omarosa is a mood changer for the President; she could get in his ear,” explained Ryan, who is American Urban Radio Network’s White House Correspondent & Washington Bureau Chief. Kelly informed Omarosa she was out on… »

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ABC Comedies Clock Christmas-Themed Climb; NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Dominates Demo

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Broadcast networks’ Wednesday scripted shows aired their last originals of the fall. ABC's all-Christmas-themed comedies grew from previous week – one tenth of a rating point apiece, excepting Black-ish (1.2 rating in adults 18-49 demo, 4.34 million viewers) which climbed two tenths.  That slate also includes The Middle (1.3, 5.74M), Fresh Off the Boat (1.0, 3.92M) and The Mayor (0.8, 2.84M). At 10 Pm, no gain for the network’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6… »

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‘Imposters’: Abby Miller & Bruce Davison Set For Season 2 Of Bravo Series

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The Sinner‘s Abby Miller is set to recur in the second season of Bravo's Imposters, from Universal Cable Productions. In addition, Bruce Davison (The Fosters) is set for a guest-starring role. Imposters follows a persona-shifting con artist, as beautiful as she is dangerous, and her three most recent victims. Robbed of both their money and their hearts, the trio teams up to chase the woman who has left them questioning everything they believed to be true. Along the way… »

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Paramount Network Developing Latino Sketch Comedy ‘Browntown’ From Mitú

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Paramount Network is adding a sketch comedy to its development slate. The network, which will replace Spike on Jan. 18, has teamed with Latino digital-media company mitú for Browntown, a half-hour sketch comedy series aimed at Latino millenials. It is part of the efforts by Paramount Net, whose goal is to become a general entertainment network, to expand the scope of its original offerings to include all types of shows – dramas, comedies, non-scripted half- hours… »

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Glow’ Leads Newcomers; ‘Curb’, ‘Will & Grace’ Return; Old Favorites Mia Amid Controversies

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More than any other contest, the SAG Awards love to stick with favorites for the long haul; that explains Alec Baldwin’s eight nominations for 30 Rock, which ran for seven seasons, and his record seven consecutive wins for the NBC comedy. But, like the Golden Globes earlier this week, the actors guild nominations steered clear of two actors who had been accused of sexual harassment: Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor. Given SAG Awards’ track record, the omissions were hard… »

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Heroes And Villains Adds Chris Coggins, Gary Ventimiglia To Manager Roster

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Exclusive: Heroes and Villains Entertainment has added Chris Coggins and Gary Ventimiglia to its roster of managers. Ventimiglia comes to Heroes and Villains as a manager from Authentic, after running production companies such as Maverick and Valhalla, where he was responsible for bringing in The Walking Dead graphic novel. His clients include director Chris Moukarbel, who directed the Lady Gaga Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two; Michael Mayer, whose debut feature Ou… »

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‘Designated Survivor’ Gets Midseason Return Date On ABC

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Just head of tonight’s winter finale, ABC said its drama series Designated Survivor will return for the remaining half of Season 2 at 10 Pm Wednesday, February 28. On tonight’s episode titled “Line of Fire,” it's Christmas time and President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help defuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to… »

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Neil Cavuto To Anchor Two Hour ‘Cavuto Live’ On Fox News Channel’s Saturdays

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Neil Cavuto is expanding his Saturday footprint on Fox News Channel, anchoring a two-hour program starting January 20. Cavuto Live replaces his Saturday half-hour program, Cavuto on Business, as well as the three other half hours in the block of time: Bulls & Bears, Forbes on Fox, and Cashin’ In. Cavuto’s new program will feature a breakdown of the week’s headlines impacting business and politics, and a rotating panel of industry experts. “As I have always said, it's not… »

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T-Mobile Acquires Layer3 TV, Plans To Roll Out Pay-tv Bundle In 2018

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Wireless carrier T-Mobile is entering the crowded TV space, buying broadband video startup Layer3 TV and planning to turn Layer3’s nascent pay-tv service into a nationwide offering in 2018. Financial terms were not disclosed. Denver-based Layer3 has raised about $80 million from investors including Evolution Media, whose backers include CAA and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. The company has added Hollywood veterans including former Fox exec Lindsay Gardner and ex-uta… »

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Donald Trump Accusers Score Ratings Boost For ‘Megyn Kelly Today’

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Megyn Kelly Today on Monday clocked one of its highest-rated broadcasts since debuting on September 25. Kelly’s show that day featured three of the more than a dozen women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment or assault. Monday also was the day Kelly’s 9 Am hour of NBC News’ Today show got preempted in the country’s top TV market. New York’s NBC station instead covered that day’s breaking news about that morning’s botched subway bombing in… »

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