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ABC Buys Family Comedy From Eric Falconer & Greg Garcia

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Greg Garcia is expanding Amigos de Garcia's portfolio with a comedy project at ABC. The single-camera comedy, written by Blue Mountain State co-creator Eric Falconer, has received a script commitment with penalty from the network. Produced by CBS TV Studios and studio-based Amigos de Garcia, the untitled comedy aka The Barrio, is loosely based on Falconer's experience moving his family to East Los Angeles. It centers on a TV writer who, after losing his job, moves his… Read

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Brad Grey Takes ALS Plunge With Help From Johnny Knoxville

This ALS ice bucket challenge is hitting the highest echelons in Hollywood. Here, Paramount chief Brad Grey takes the plunge, egged on by Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie. He in turn nominated Chris Nolan, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay and Howard Stern. Grey was helped by Johnny Knoxville, and you can tell Grey's stature by the ice bucket aftermath: Knoxville always punctuates a prank like this with a nut shot to the victim. Here, he demurred. And that is why we might yet see Bad G… Read

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EMMYS: Deadline’s Live-Blog Special Guest: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter

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As part of our Primetime Emmy Awards coverage Monday evening, I will do a live blog during the event with Sons Of Anarchy creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter. To me, Sons is the most accomplished and ambitious long-running series to be ignored by Emmy voters, save for a couple song nominations. Sons is a Shakespearean tale that to my mind has produced some of the most shocking moments and richest character development of any series to come along during this cable… Read

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Relativity Teams With Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley On ‘All Day And A Night’

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Relativity Studios will co-produce All Day And A Night with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and also will finance and distribute the pic. Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis penned the script, based on an idea from Goldstein and Daley. The title All Day And A Night is prison slang for “life without parole.” The action-comedy follows a TV news crew doing a story on a day in the life of two prison guards. Unfortunately for them, on this day a violent prison riot… Read

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VH1 Orders ‘T.I.& Tiny: The Family Hustle’ Spinoff Series Starring Tiny & Shekinah

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VH1's popular T.I.& Tiny: The Family Hustle reality series is becoming a franchise. I've learned that the cable network has greenlighted a spinoff show from The Family Hustle, whose fourth season returns on Monday. Tentatively titled Weave Trip, the eight-episode series, now in production, stars T.I.'s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and her hairdresser friend, Family Hustle standout Shekinah Jo. The duo decide to open a mobile hair salon in Los Angeles and get a salon truck… Read

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EMMYS: Mindy Kaling, Liev Schreiber, Kate Walsh & More Join Presenters List

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The final group of presenters have been announced for the 66th Emmy Awards. Uzo Aduba, Scott Bakula, Ricky Gervais, Chris Hardwick, Lena Headey, Katherine Heigl, Mindy Kaling, Joe Morton, John Mulaney, Hayden Panettiere, Liev Schreiber, Kate Walsh and Allison Williams round out the list. They join previously announced Halle Berry, Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Harrelson, Allison Janney… Read

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ER Drama ‘Code Black’ From Michael Seitzman Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment

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CBS has nabbed medical drama Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary, with a put pilot commitment. It will be written/executive produced by Michael Seitzman and produced by ABC Studios, where he is under an overall deal. Code Black reunites the key auspices of last season's CBS action drama series Intelligence, also created/executive produced by Seitzman and produced by ABC Studios. Seitzman is executive producing Code Black with McGarry, the documentary's… Read

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Kevin Costner Movie ‘McFarland’ Moves Out Of 2014

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Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity's Jane's Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and… Read

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Damon Lindelof Pens ‘Lost’-Themed Episode Of ‘Phineas And Ferb’

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At last, the Smoke Monster meets Perry the Platypus! Not really, but Disney XD's popular toon indeed is doing a Lost-themed episode — penned by that series' writer/co-creator Damon Lindelof. Terry O'Quinn, who played John Locke on the 2004-10 ABC drama, will voice Professor Mystery in the Phineas And Ferb episode “Lost In Danville,” which airs September 29. A mysterious locked capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb's back yard, and they struggle to open it — only to discover… Read

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rookie Blue’ Finale & ‘Welcome To Sweden’ Rise, ‘Big Brother’ Steady As CBS Wins Night Of NFL Preemptions

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Television is barreling towards the Emmys on Monday, but on primetime last night a few other conclusions were reached as summer winds down. With a two-hour Season 5 finale, ABC's Rookie Blue (1.1/4) was full of explosions to happen and potential buns in the oven. The anticipation on the Canadian import police drama certainly got traction on a night of not inconsiderable competition. While Thursday's ABC primetime was preempted in the Philadelphia market for a preseason… Read

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Box Office Late Nights: ‘If I Stay’ A Strong $1.1M; ‘Sin City’ Underwhelms

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Warner Bros.' If I Stay grossed $1.1M in late nights which began at 7 PM — a strong showing for this picture based on a YA novel and starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 and 2, Carrie). For comparisons, last weekend's YA offering The Giver opened at 8 PM, grossed $750K and went on to gross $12.3M for the weekend. The Fault In Our Stars, which opened in June and had a phenomenal social media presence and two stars coming off of a big movie (Divergent), had a late-night… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Wants To Give Negatory ‘Neverland’ Columnist Riedel The Hook

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UPDATE Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel's more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound musical that opened… Read

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