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‘Madam Secretary’ Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs

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CBS Studios International and Sky have inked a deal for the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the new drama series Madam Secretary, which will premiere in the coming months on Sky Living. Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Bebe Neuwirth… Read

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Gretchen Mol Tackles Brutal ‘Disgraced'; Winning New Musical Is ‘Found': NY Stage

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Timely dramas on Broadway are in very short supply, and that alone makes the bow of Disgraced an event worth applauding. Ayad Akhtar's play — a fleet, furious, 85-minute descent into politics, identity and identity politics, all on the dark side — won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013; he co-wrote and starred in the indie feature The War Within. Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, an American actor who has made much of his career in UK theater and film, as Amir, a… Read

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‘Black-ish’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Castle’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & Others Get Extra Episodes At ABC

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UPDATED: ABC has supersized the orders of some of its top ratings performers: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time and Castle. For the first time in years, ABC has a Wednesday comedy block that is clicking, with tentpoles Modern Family and The Middle getting support from transplant The Goldbergs, which is regularly building on its Middle lead-in, and newbie Black-ish, which has showed solid retention behind Modern Family… Read

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‘Girls’ Showrunner Jenni Konner: ‘The Whole Idea Of Likability Is Kind Of Silly’

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Slate TV critic Willa Paskin interviewed Jenni Konner to keynote the 10th annual New York Television Festival, filling a Chelsea movie theater with industry newbies, wannabes and fans of the hit HBO series Girls, which is soon to begin its fourth season. Konner already was a series veteran when she saw Lena Dunham's film Tiny Furniture and became, she said, obsessed with its uninhibited and unabashed tone. “When I'm obsessed with something, I really lock in,” Konner said… Read

Business

AMC Networks And BBC Chiefs On The Future Of BBC America

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Don't be surprised if you see AMC Networks and BBC America collaborating on digital projects, films, or events following AMC's agreement to pay $200 million in cash for a 49.9% stake in the service. “Because the editorial alignment and point of view is so similar in terms of smart, quality and premium, we think that we will find lots and lots and lots of places to join on things that we are not yet doing today,” AMC chief Josh Sapan tells me. There will be changes at BBC… Read

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Mark Gordon Co. To Adapt Novel ‘Plus One’, Revisit ‘True Blue’ For ABC

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The Mark Gordon Company has sold half-hour family comedy Plus One to ABC. Additionally, ABC has put back in development the Mark Gordon Co.-produced cop drama True Blue. Both projects hail from ABC Studios, where the company is under an overall deal. Plus One is loosely based on author and journalist Christopher Noxon's debut comedic novel, slated for release in January. Noxon will write the adaptation, a comedy about female breadwinners, male householders and the… Read

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Conan O’Brien Trading Jabs With Madeleine Albright: UPDATED

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Stephen Colbert vs Bill O'Reilly; David Letterman vs Oprah, Johnny Carson vs Joan Rivers -- everybody loves a good late-night tussle. And now — Conan O'Brien vs Madeleine Albright: I picked out my Halloween costume. I'm going as "Slutty Madeleine Albright." — Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 Conan was tickled pink with her response: .@Madeleine YES – My first twitter war with a former Secretary of State! You're next, George P. Shultz! — Conan O'Brien… Read

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‘Interstellar’ & ‘Penguins': Late-2014 China Slots Pit Christopher Nolan Vs. DWA

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I recently wrote about China packing a slew of Hollywood movies into October ahead of a push toward local films that will crowd December and ensure that market share for China exceeds that of its frenemy. But there are a couple of movies from the majors that will still look to hop the wall in November — and they'll do it in a direct face-off. DreamWorks Animation's Penguins Of Madagascar recently was slated for a November 14 release, and I've now learned that Christopher… Read

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‘Transporter: The Series’ Ratings OK For TNT Debut

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It didn't break any land speed ratings records but the small screen version of the Luc Besson fast car film franchise certainly revved things up for TNT. Transporter: The Series drew 1.3 million total viewers for its 9 PM October 18 debut episode on the cabler. That premiere was followed by another new episode at 10 PM that pulled in 1.2 million total viewers. Now that Saturday night result is about half of the 2.26 million that the last original episode of AMC's quiet… Read

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Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend. Citizenfourdirected by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read

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Elizabeth Banks To Produce & Direct ABC Comedy From Caroline Williams

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On the heels of Elizabeth Banks making her feature directorial debut with the upcoming sequel Pitch Perfect 2, the actress is setting her sights on television. ABC has put in development The Greater Good, a single-camera comedy, which Banks is executive producing and attached to direct in what would be her TV directing gig. Written by Miss Guided creator Caroline Williams, The Greater Good is described as comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world… Read

Film

‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Scares Up First Teaser – Video

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Focus Features has launched its Insidious: Chapter 3 marketing campaign by dropping a first teaser for Insidious 3, right in the midst of October's horror season. The film marks the directorial debut of writer Leigh Whannell, who cut his teeth penning the first three Saw flicks and the first two Insidiouses for director James Wan. The first Insidious grossed $97 million on a $1.5 million budget; Insidious 2 was made for $5 million and took in $161 million. Now Insidious: C… Read

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