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White House: Those Calling Trump’s Tweet Harassment Have Minds “In Gutter”

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Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sniffed today when asked by reporters about Donald Trump’s vulgar morning tweet about New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Sanders would include in that category Gillibrand, who called Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear” intended to shut her up, the day after she had said Trump should step down when three of more than a dozen women who had accused him of sexually… »

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‘The Punisher’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Marvel’s perfect renewal record at Netflix continues, with the Internet network just announcing a Season 2 pickup for The Punisher. The renewal comes less than a month after the Nov. 17 debut of the Jon Bernthal-led show’s 13-episode first season. Coming before an as-yet unspecified third season of Daredevil and Season 2 of both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, the Punisher series was launched after the vigilante character was first introduced in Season 2 of the Charlie… »

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‘City On A Hill’: Jill Hennessy Among Four Regulars Cast In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Showtime Drama Pilot

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Former Crossing Jordan star Jill Hennessy, along with Kevin Chapman (Person of Interest), Jere Shea (Passion) and Lauren E. Banks (Instinct) have been cast opposite Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in City on a Hill, Showtime's drama pilot executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. All will be series regulars if the project moves forward. In addition, Cathy Moriarty, Michael O'Keefe, Amanda Clayton and Rory Culkin are set for guest roles and will recur if the project… »

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‘The Good Fight’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On CBS All Access

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CBS All Access has slotted Sunday, March 4 for the Season 2 premiere of its praised drama series The Good Fight. New episodes of The Good Wife spinoff’s 13-episode second season will be available weekly on Sundays beginning March 4 exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers. The series, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, is coming off three recent Critics’ Choice Awards nominations — Best Actress in a Drama Series for Christine Baranski, Best Supporting… »

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Netflix And DreamWorks Animation TV Reveal Six New Series Including ‘Trolls’, ‘She-Ra’

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Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are looking to enter the new year with six new original series. Leading the charge of animated family-friendly fun is Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Picking up where the animated feature left off, the new series will follow new adventures of the cute fluffy-haired creatures. Trolls will premiere on Jan. 19, 2018. Trolls isn’t the only retro property Netflix and DreamWorks Animation TV will be introducing to a new generation of young… »

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Nick Stoller Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television

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Writer-director-producer Nick Stoller (Neighbors) has signed a three-year overall production deal with Sony Pictures Television under his Stoller Global Solutions prodco. Under the pact, Stoller will write, create, supervise and executive produce original comedies and dramas for network, cable divisions and streaming services. In addition, Stoller has brought on Conor Welch, former VP of Comedy Development & Programming at Fox, as TV executive and producing partner under… »

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Viceland Ups Catherine Whyte & Meghan Kirsch

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Viceland made a pair of executive promotions today. Catherine Whyte has been promoted to Evp & Head of Production, and Meghan Kirsch is its new Svp Marketing and Creative. Whyte oversees all production for Viceland’s slate of originals including the late-night strips Desus & Mero and new entry The Untitled Action Bronson Show. She also is collaborated with producers on projects in various stages of development. Prior to joining Viceland, Whyte spent 11 years at MTV… »

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NBC Developing ‘Natural History’ Museum Comedy From Chris Hardwick & David X. Cohen

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NBC has put in development comedy Natural History from Chris Hardwick’s Fish Ladder Production, Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Universal TV. Written by Hardwick and Cohen, Natural History focuses on a young woman who returns home to become director of a beloved local natural history museum, only to find it has gone to hell in her absence. She must wrangle her well-intentioned but less-than-reliable staff while battling slashed… »

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Michael Apted To Get DGA Honorary Life Member Award

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Michael Apted will be the recipient of the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of his contributions to the guild, the industry, and the profession of directing. Apted — a past Directors Guild president who currently serves as its secretary-treasurer — at the 70th annual DGA Awards on February 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton. "Michael is a game-changer for our guild and our industry," said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. "Whether having the foresight as a young man… »

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‘Sesame Street’ Sets Ben Lehmann As Executive Producer

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There’s a new sheriff on Sesame Street — well, a new Ep, at least. Sesame Workshop said today that Ben Lehmann has been named as executive producer of the children’s TV stalwart, taking over for interim Ep Brown Johnson. Lehmann joined Sesame Street as a production assistant in 2001 and rose to become supervising producer in 2015. He also has served as a director for the past three years. He has won nine Daytime Emmys and multiple PGA Awards during his tenure of sweepin… »

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Disney-Fox: What Are The International Implications?

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The impending acquisition by Disney of Fox assets, which said to be worth $68B, has huge U.S ramifications but the mega-deal is believed to have major international implications with top executives and industry watchers calling it "seismic" and globally "game-changing" as they try to wrap their heads around what the combined entity will resemble overseas. There are a handful of key areas of interest, including the creation of an international box office behemoth (and its… »

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‘Empire’: Nicole Ari Parker Set To Recur On Fox Series

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Nicole Ari Parker (Almost Christmas) is set for a recurring role opposite Forest Whitaker on Fox's hit hip-hop drama series Empire. Parker will play Giselle Barker, Eddie Barker’s (Whitaker) beautiful trophy ex-wife. Her character will be introduced in Wednesday’s mid-season finale. Season 4 has seen Lucious (Terrence Howard) battling to regain his physical and mental faculties after the explosion and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) with her own challenges, revisiting her… »

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Primetime Emmy Awards On NBC Will Return To September, Stay On Monday

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NBC is throwing another curveball in the scheduling the Primetime Emmy Awards. The network and the TV Academy just announced that the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 from 8-11 Pm live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. NBC, which hosts the ceremony once every four years as part of a Big 4 wheel, has been airing the Emmys in August, at the start of the NFL season, since 2006 to accommodate its Sunday Ni… »

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Disney-Fox: Will Trump Regulators Who Nixed At&T-Time Warner Cry Foul Again?

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As Disney gets set to announce its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, reportedly on Thursday, Hollywood and Wall Street are swooning so much they have almost forgotten their other recent obsession: the fate of the even bigger At&T-Time Warner deal. The momentum of one deal just as the other one moves sideways is prompting this question: Given the formidable scale of the combined company, will the Murdoch family’s game-changing move trigger the same regulatory… »

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‘Black Lightning’: CW Series’ Key Art Unveiled

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The CW has released key art (see below) for its upcoming DC drama series Black Lightning, from Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Greg Berlanti. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), now a father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school, a hero in his community. Nine years ago he was a hero of a different sort, gifted with superhuman powers as the masked vigilante… »

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‘Homeland’ Season 7 Trailer: Carrie Is Back In D.C. To Take On The Keane Administration

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Showtime has released the official trailer for the seventh season of its Emmy-winning drama series Homeland, which is currently filming in Richmond, Virginia. At the end of last season, following an assassination attempt on her life, President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) broke her promise to Carrie (Claire Danes) by arresting 200 members of the intelligence community without bringing charges against them, including Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). As season 7 begins, Carrie… »

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Bet & Viacom Settle Discrimination Suit With Ex-Original Programming Head

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Just more than two months after it looked like all sides were solidly locked in a legal battle, Viacom and Bet today announced they've come to a settlement with Zola Mashariki in the former executive's discrimination suit. "As Head of Original Programming, Zola Mashariki brought fresh new content and top-notch talent to Bet Networks,” Bet said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “We thank Ms. Mashariki for her many valuable contributions, and our thoughts are with her… »

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Patriots Lose But ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Rise, ‘Better Late Than Never’ Off In Return But Improves On ‘The Brave’

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All things must come to an end, and last night's Monday Night Football saw the Miami Dolphins shut down the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak. In a season that has been full of ratings tackles for the league and its broadcasters, it also saw an uptick for Espn and the NFL: With a 8.5 in metered market ratings, last night’s Mnf was up 9% over last week. On the broadcast networks, NBC’s globe-trotting reality series Better Late Than Never returned for a second… »

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‘Unsolved’: Amirah Vann Set To Recur In USA’s Tupac Shakur Biggie Smalls Series

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Underground alumna Amirah Vann has landed a recurring role in USA Network’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. true-crime anthology series, from Universal Cable Productions. Written by Kyle Long, Unsolved chronicles the dual police investigations of Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry's most legendary players, Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The… »


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African American Film Critics All In With ‘Get Out’

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out was named the year’s Best Picture by the African American Film Critics Association, which gave the thriller a leading four wins overall in voting including directing and screenplay nods for Peele and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya. The group also voted Frances McDormand as Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while awarding Girls Trip the year’s top comedy, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit as Best Ensemble, and Crown Heights as best… »

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