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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC Unveils ‘Doctor Who’ Web Series; ‘Coronation Street’ & ‘Emmerdale’ Staying On Aussie TV Into 2020


With Peter Capaldi set to debut as the newest Doctor Who on Saturday, the BBC today announced a behind-the-scenes online series that will follow every step of the creation of his first season as the Time Lord. Doctor Who Extra will be available exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the UK (no word yet on plans for diffusion outside Britain). Over the course of 12 programs, the show will be an inside take on Season 8 from the people who made it including Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and… Read


Hot Trailer: Jazz Docu ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’

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He's a 23-year-old blind jazz piano prodigy. He's an 89-year-old legend who has trained or mentored such greats as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. Keep On Keepin' On is the story of the unlikely transgenerational bond they form and the challenges each faces as the cameras roll. Justin Kauflin has fingers of fire but crippling stage fright, and if he's going to do well in an international competition, he's going to need all the help he can get from Clark Terry — who played… Read


NBCU Slammed In Second Age-Discrimination Lawsuit By Emmy-Winning Former KNBC Producer

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Pink slipped from his producing job at KNBC about two years ago after almost a decade at the station, Frank Snepp has decided to double up on his battle against his former employer. The 71-year-old Emmy and Peabody winner today filed a wrongful-termination complaint against NBCUniversal and the local LA affiliate seeking a jury trial and "compensatory, general, and punitive damages." Proving that timing really is everything, the 9-page filing in LA Superior Court (read it… Read


Comedy Central Orders ‘@DadBoner’ Animated Pilot Based On Twitter Feed

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EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is headed to the Midwest with @DadBoner, an animated comedy project based on the popular Twitter feed and the book it spawned, Power Moves: Livin' The American Dream, USA Style, by the feed's writer, Mike Burns. The cable network has ordered a pilot for the project, written by Burns and Tim Long. The @DadBoner feed is penned by Karl Welzein, a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger. Welzein's real identity… Read


Hot Trailer: Antonio Banderas In ‘Automata’


A new trailer for the Antonio Banderas sci-fi thriller Automata recently dropped, and dare we say it looks just as riveting as Tom Cruise's sleek sci-fi 2013 film Oblivion.  In Automata, directed by Spanish director Gabe Ibanez, Banderas looks to be dealing with, well, a pending robot uprise. It's 2044 and robots, who've just about had it with their second-class citizenship status, are now altering themselves — a big no no in the future — and turning on their creators.  … Read


‘Survivor’ Editors Win IATSE Contract With Mark Burnett Company

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EXCLUSIVE: You can be pretty sure most of the Survivor crew will vote to stay on this newly unionized island. The Motion Picture Editors Guild and Mark Burnett's Island Post Productions have finalized an agreement in principle to unionize postproduction staff on the veteran CBS reality show, a deal that comes after a brief labor action last week. As the IATSE Local 700 sought, the roughly 30 editors and other post staff will receive full health and pension benefits under… Read


Sundance Institute Taps 10 For Docu Music And Sound Design Lab


Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound unveiled today the independent directors and composers selected for Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab - Documentary. Set for September 15-23 at Skywalker Ranch in California's Marin County, it's the second of two music and sound design labs for 2014. Sundance Institute will host 15 residential labs this year, collectively representing 20 weeks of residency support and mentorship. Below are the artists and projects… Read


NBC Nabs Kari Lizer Mom Comedy With Put Pilot Commitment


NBC is back in business with Kari Lizer, giving a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy from the New Adventures Of Old Christine creator. Titled Wing Mom, the project from Warner Bros TV, where Lizer's company Kari's Logo Here is based, is inspired by Lizer's relationship with her adult children. It centers on a divorced woman who has been waiting until her two kids were grown before starting to date again. When her 18-year-old son starts to offer her romance… Read


The Thrill Of Induction (Eventually): Hall Of Fame Names Chris Schenkel

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The late Chris Schenkel — for decades ABC's workhorse announcer through nine Olympics, the NBA, horse racing, college football, and of course 36 years of those winter Saturday bowling tournaments — has been named to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, nine years after his death at 82, the hall announced today. Other honorees on this year's list include a group of heavy-hitting executives, including NFL Network CEO and President David Bornstein, CBS Sports operations… Read


HBO Ups Amy Gravitt, Nick Hall, David Levine & Francesca Orsi To SVP


HBO has elevated four executives to SVP Programming — two in comedy, Amy Gravitt and Nick Hall, and two in drama, David Levine and Francesca Orsi. Gravitt and Hall, who oversee the development and production of original comedy series, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of comedy Casey Bloys. Levine and Orsi, who have the same responsibilities on the drama side, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of drama Michael Ellenberg. All four have been promoted from… Read


Hot Trailer: Nicolas Cage In ‘Outcast’

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Nicolas Cage is “The White Ghost” in Arclight Films' Outcast, an English-language period action pic set in 12th century China that also stars Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom). The Chinese/Canadian/French co-production was shot on location in China under stunt pro-turned-director Nick Powell (The Bourne Identity, Resident Evil: Retribution) and Deadline has an exclusive first look at the trailer. Cage and Christensen star as ex-Crusades warriors… Read


Brian Huskey Set For ABC’s ‘Selfie'; Rebecca Forsythe Joins ‘Members Only’

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Brian Huskey has booked a recurring role on the ABC/Warner Bros. TV single camera comedy Selfie from Emily KapnekSelfie follows twentysomething Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) as she rebrands her social media image with the help of marketing guru Henry (John Cho). On the show, Huskey will be playing Larry, a clueless lab technician at a children's pharmaceutical company, who has a real, unrequited fondness of Henry.  Larry's random presence adds complications to Henry's My F… Read


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