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Michael Flynn Takes Fifth, Cites “Escalating Public Frenzy Against Him” In Refusal To Hand Docs To Senate

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TV news outlets filled Monday’s dead time in President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel ruminating on news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn refused a subpoena to cough up documents to the Senate Intel Committee. Rather than turn over the records, the retired lieutenant general’s lawyers sent the committee a letter saying their client is invoking his 5th Amendment rights because of the “escalating public frenzy against him” and Doj’s naming former FBI… »

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Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

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As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… »

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John Wells And William H. Macy On Evolving ‘Shameless’ – The Contenders Emmys Video

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Shameless executive producer/showrunner John Wells and one of its longtime stars William H. Macy came to Deadline’s all-day event The Contenders Emmys last month at the DGA Theatre. The pair took to the stage in front of a packed house of TV Academy members and Emmy voters to explain the BBC roots of the show, and how it has evolved and changed from the original into a seven-season hit on Showtime. Also up in the wide-ranging discussion: the approach of the actors and… »

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Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?

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Exclusive: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay. Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… »

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Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52

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Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »


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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: The Bordelons Are Back — And Now It’s About Legacy

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The Season 2 trailer for Own’s Queen Sugar starts with a prayer for the departed patriarch but quickly pivots to the matter at hand: “The mill is just the start. Queen Sugar will be a major brand someday.” Yes, the Bordelons are back, and the sophomore session will see Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father after his unexpected… »

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‘Top Of The Lake’ Star Elisabeth Moss On Series’ Evolution & Film Festival Feats

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Jane Campion and Gerard Lee's Top Of The Lake can now boast two film festival firsts. When Season 1 debuted in March 2013, telling the story of detective Robin Griffin and her investigation into the disappearance of a young girl in New Zealand, it became the first TV miniseries ever screened at Sundance. Critical and awards glory followed, with Elisabeth Moss picking up her seventh career Emmy nomination for her turn as Robin. And now, with Season 2, the show joins Twin Pe… »

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‘Criminal Minds’: Kirsten Vangsness & A.J. Cook In Limbo Over Parity Push As Joe Mantegna & Matthew Gray Gubler Re-Up

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Exclusive: Criminal Minds veterans Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler have closed new deals to continue on the long-running CBS drama series, recently renewed for a 13th season. However, I hear Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook are currently at an impasse in their negotiations as the actresses are seeking parity with their male co-stars. The duo, who are negotiating together, took a similar stand during the 2013 negotiations as the two at the time consistently had been… »

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Directors Guild Sets 2018 DGA Awards Date & Timeline

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The Directors Guild of America has set the 2018 date for its 70th Annual DGA Awards, and announced the timeline for other key events. The 2018 awards show will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on January 11, 2018 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 10, 2018. DGA members will be able to vote online between… »

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Showtime Taps ABC’s Jana Winograde As President Of Business Operations

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Veteran top ABC business executive Jana Winograde is leaving the broadcast network to join Showtime Networks in the newly created position of President of Business Operations, West Coast. Winograde, who will join in mid-August, will oversee the network's production, program operations and business affairs teams, as well as the financial and business aspects of acquisition, development and distribution of Showtime content. She will be based in the Showtime Networks' West… »

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CBS Extends Les Moonves’ Contract 2-Years To Mid-2021

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CBS just announced that it has extended CEO Les Moonves’ contract by two years to June 30, 2021 — with terms that guarantee he’ll continue to be one of the nation’s highest paid executives. His salary will stay constant and, the release says, he’ll “continue to be eligible for an annual bonus and will receive long-term, performance-based incentives that further tie the value of the agreement to the success of the Company and its stock.” The company hasn’t yet disclosed… »

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Disney/ABC TV Group Exec Kevin Brockman Joins Second Stage Theater Board

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Kevin Brockman, Evp Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group, has joined the Second Stage Theater’s Board of Directors. Brockman has been with Disney/ABC Television Group since 2005, serving in his Evp role since 2008. In his position, he oversees all corporate, news and entertainment communication efforts worldwide on behalf of the Disney/ABC Television Group, which is comprised of ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and The ABC Television… »

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‘Ben 10’ Renewed For Season 2 By Cartoon Network

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The Ben 10 universe is expanding. Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of its hit series and will launch accompanying new console and mobile games, along with other immersive experiences during the new season. In Season 2, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will embark on their greatest summer vacation ever. The heroic adventures will continue as Ben meets new aliens, friends and foes while discovering exciting twists and surprises within his… »

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Katharine McPhee & Daniel Gillies To Topline Lifetime’s ‘The Lost Wife Of Robert Durst’

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Lifetime has given the green light to original movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, with Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies set to star as Kathie and Robert Durst. Based on Matt Birkbeck's book, "A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst, the movie centers on the wife of Robert Durst, subject of HBO's documentary The Jinx. Young and wide-eyed, Kathie (McPhee) falls in love with charming yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst (Gillies), only to… »

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Bob Beckel Accuser Retains Lawyer Behind Fox News Discrimination Suits

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A Fox News Channel It department employee who was the target of racially insensitive remarks from The Five co-host Bob Beckel that eventually led to his firing has joined the roster of a legal firm repping several current and former employees in racial discrimination and sexual harassment cases against the network. Wigdor Llp said today that it is now repping the unnamed It worker, and it filed three more complaints on behalf of three other women today in the U.S… »

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‘Friends From College’: Netflix Sets Premiere Date For Comedy Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & Fred Savage – Update

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Update, 9:40 Am:  Netflix has slotted Friday, July 14 for the premiere of its anticipated new comedy series Friends From College and dropped the first teaser. You can watch it above. Previous, May 8: Netflix has released the first images of Friends From College, its comedy series from Neighbors franchisee Nick Stoller that stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon and Jae Suh Park. Check them out below. The eight-episode series… »

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Billboard Music Awards Eyes Ratings Declines, Still Dominates, As Most Finales Slip

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The Billboard Music Awards aired live across the country, so accurate fast-national ratings won’t be available until later this morning, but in the non-time-zone-adjusted early numbers, the three-hour ceremony logged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from the comparable preliminary rating last year. Still, the music special dominated a quiet Sunday night, giving ABC a nightly win and likely putting a dent on a number of season finales, which trended down. CBS’ Elementar… »

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Weinstein TV Acquires ‘Guantanamo’ Series From Oliver Stone & Daniel Voll

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Oliver Stone is making his first foray into directing for scripted television with Guantanamo, a multi-season dramatic series. Weinstein Television has acquired the series and plans to shop it in upcoming weeks. Created by Daniel Voll (The Unit), who will also serve as showrunner, Guantanamo focuses on the detainees held in the world's most controversial prison, and those who defend and condemn them. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will produce with Weinstein… »

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John Oliver: Donald Trump’s Last Seven Days “Absolutely Insane”

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Updated with video: Last week in “Donald Trump” was so nuts that John Oliver was forced to devote virtually all of Last Week Tonight to talking about it. “The last seven days have been absolutely insane – so much so that, by Friday night, it may have broken Anderson Cooper,” Oliver acknowledged. He’s of course referring to Cooper’s Friday show, during which the host interrupted Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord as he defended yet another indefensible Trump statement, saying… »

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‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Wtf Was That?

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Twin Peaks debut on Showtime.  After all the hype, anticipation and secrecy, Twin Peaks is finally back. But Wtf was that premiere that just aired on Showtime all about? With Kyle MacLachlan back as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and more, the first two parts of David Lynch and Mark Frost's new 18-part installment was weird, sometimes intentionally tedious, and amazing at the same time – and something you have to watch. As I… »

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