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Jeremy Sisto Lands ‘Wicked City’ Lead In ABC Drama Recasting

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EXCLUSIVE: The Returned star Jeremy Sisto has been tapped for the lead role of Detective Jack Roth in ABC’s new fall crime drama Wicked City. In this recasting, the Suburgatory alum is taking over the role of the conflicted cop played by Adam Rothenberg in the pilot. The deal was closed over the weekend, I’ve learned, with papers to be signed imminently. With each season of the L.A themed anthology series intended to focus on a case from a different era in the City of… Read

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Former ‘Criminal Minds’ EP Janine Sherman Barrois Inks Warner Bros TV Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Criminal Minds executive producer/writer Janine Sherman Barrois has signed a new multi-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Under the new pact, she will create and develop new drama and comedy series. The onetime ER executive producer is returning to WBTV where she was a graduate of the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop, which launched her run writing for comedies like The Jamie Foxx Show and The PJs before shifting to the drama side with a run as… Read

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins ‘The Good Wife’ As New Regular

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Meet Kalinda’s replacement. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will join The Good Wife as a series regular for the CBS drama's upcoming seventh season. He will play Alex, a calm, experienced hourly investigator whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) hires. The Good Wife, from CBS TV Studios, ended Season 6 with two vacancies in its regular cast after the departures of original cast member and fan favorite Archie Panjabi, who played intrepid investigator Kalinda Sharma, and recent addition… Read

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‘Public Morals’ Trailer: Edward Burns’ Period Cop Drama Targets The Underbelly Of The Vice World

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Edward Burns created, produces, directs and stars in TNT’s period cop drama Public Morals. From Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV, Public Morals is set in the early 1960s in New York City's Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. It centers on cop Terry Muldoon (Burns), who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, and he is… Read

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‘Of Kings & Prophets’ New Pilot Script To Be Reshot By Director Michael Offer

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As part of the revamp of new ABC drama series Of Kings And Prophets, ABC Studios has brought in a new director, Michael Offer, to shoot a retooled script. I hear he is expected to film an entirely new episode with all-new footage, not partial reshoots of the existing pilot helmed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. ABC put Of Kings And Prophets on a series track during the pilot stage with the hire of Chris Brancato as executive producer/showrunner and the setup of a writing staff. I… Read

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HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Insecure’ Taps Prentice Penny As Showrunner

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Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s comedy pilot Insecure starring Issa Rae. Co-written by Rae and Larry Wilmore and directed by top music video director Melina Matsoukas,  Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman, themes Rae has tackled in her webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Penny will executive produce the pilot, expected to… Read

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America’s Women’s World Cup Final Win Most Watched U.S. Soccer Game Ever – Update

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UPDATE, 8:45 AM: An American win is always good ratings news for an American network but last night's resounding 5-2 U.S. victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup (6.4/23) was a screaming Goal for Fox. In early numbers the historic primetime match played in Vancouver is up 36% among adults 18-49 over the 2011 Women's World Cup final. That July 17 daytime ESPN broadcasted game saw Japan beat the US with 14.1 million watching on TV here in the States. Sunday's game… Read

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Roku To Offer User-Translated Global Video Service Viki

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Here’s the latest reason to pay attention to the video service aiming to compete globally with Netflix and Amazon by asking users to translate foreign TV shows and movies: Viki (it’s a combination of “video” and “wiki”) will announce today that it’s available in the U.S. on Roku — potentially giving it access to about 7 million homes. Roku users will be able to watch a few thousand shows with subtitles in as many as 200 languages. The line up will include the South Korean… Read

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‘Bitten’ Returning To Syfy For Season 3

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Supernatural thriller Bitten is returning to Syfy for a third season. The series from Entertainment One begins production this summer in Toronto on 10 new episodes. Based on Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Women Of The Otherworld novels, Bitten stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. As previously announced, Bitten Season 3 was also picked up by Bell Media’s Space in Canada. Bitten is executive produced by J.B… Read

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John Malone’s Liberty Global Completes Acquisition of Ireland’s TV3

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As had been widely expected, John Malone’s Liberty Global has completed its acquisition of Ireland’s commercial broadcaster TV3. The deal was made between Liberty Global's UPC Ireland and UK private equity group Doughty Hanson, which bought TV3 in 2006 for $292 million. "We're pleased to welcome TV3 to the Liberty Global family," said UPC Ireland CEO Magnus Ternsjo. "The investment we are making today secures the long-term future of TV3. With its wide range of home-grown… Read

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‘Amy’ Sends Altitude To New Heights In The UK

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Asif Kapadia’s ecstatically-reviewed Amy, a powerful tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has scored the largest ever opening for a British docu at the UK box office with $808,000, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a docu in the country after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.  Kapadia’s film, which is being released by Will Clarke’s Altitude, is already the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 after only a few days on release. It also surpassed… Read

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‘Inside Out’ Steals No. 1 From Dinos At July 4th B.O., ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Pops Viagra On Sunday – Early Monday AM Update

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4TH UPDATE, MONDAY 7:06 AM: Disney has yet to make it official, but according to early Monday morning numbers, it looks like the Pixar girl finally did it. After two back-to-back dead-heat weekends, Inside Out took victory from the jaws of Jurassic World and hit the No. 1 spot at the the July 4th box office with an estimated $29.76M. That’s not that far from the Dinos, who grossed an estimated $29.4M. Through five days, Inside Out surpassed Jurassic World as well as wide… Read