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Barkeep Hillary Clinton Sets ‘Em Up For Laughs On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere

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Playing amiable barkeep “Val” to Kate McKinnon’s anxious Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real HRC walked away with the premiere outing of SNL’s 41st season, kidding herself, singing “Lean On Me” and even hanging around long enough to introduce Miley Cyrus, who was doubling as host and musical guest. It was an A+ appearance (video above) in a solid B show. The cold open featured Donald and Melania Trump (Taran Killam, new to the imitation game following prior Trump… Read


Scooter Braun & Cyber Group Partner On ‘Rock Angels’ Animated Musical Series – Mipcom

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Scooter Braun's SB Projects' School Boy Records, whose artists include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, has teamed with France's Cyber Group Studios to co-develop Rock Angels, a musical animated CGI series for kids. Rock Angels will follow the exploits of a five member teen band, aged 12 to 15, comprised of the Sky Angels, a sweet sisters pop duo from Louisiana, Dayna and Cherie, and the Rock Ons, a Detroit rock band of three cousins, Dev, Joey and… Read


Abby Huntsman Joins Fox News As Reporter

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Fox News has hired Abby Huntsman as a general assignment reporter, the network confirmed to Deadline this evening. Huntsman previously worked at MSNBC as a co-host on The Cycle. One of the network’s few conservatives, she left MSNBC after The Cycle was cancelled at the end of July. Before joining MSNBC in 2013, she worked at HuffPost Live. In addition, she recently served as a host on SiriusXM satellite radio. Huntsman also worked at ABC News where she appeared as a… Read


‘Peaky Blinders’ Adds Paddy Considine, International Intrigue & More As Season 3 Shoot Begins


The long-anticipated return of Peaky Blinders is approaching. Shooting starts Monday on the third season of the Steven Knight-created crime saga with new cast additions now set, and more revealed about what’s to come for Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby. Among the new cast members, Paddy Considine has joined as the representative of a force beyond anything Tommy has previously encountered. Season 3 will see Tommy pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international… Read


Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86

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A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read


Relativity Surprise: Stalking Horse To Pay $125M For TV Business

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EXCLUSIVE: This is a twist in Relativity Media’s bankruptcy saga: In the auction that took place on Thursday and Friday the group of creditors known as Stalking Horse Bidders withdrew their offer to buy the entire company for $250 million and agreed to buy just Relativity Television — the most vibrant operation — for $125 million. In the auction, “No single or aggregate bids were received for substantially all of [Relativity’s]  assets and thus no bids were deemed… Read

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‘The Martian’ Defies ‘Gravity’ On Friday; ‘Everest’ & ‘The Walk’ In Large Format Quandary – Saturday AM Box Office Update


4TH UPDATE after 3RD UPDATE, Saturday 10AM after 1:15AM post: Updated with Saturday AM figures There’s historic flash flooding in the Carolinas and folks are fleeing Hurricane Joaquin, but 20th Century Fox’s The Martian is keeping the multiplexes dry in the rest of the country, as the Ridley Scott film is within the atmosphere of possibly breaking the $55.8M October opening record set by Warner Bros.’ Gravity exactly two years ago. Bullish results stem from Joaquin… Read


‘Dr. Ken’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘Blue Bloods’ Viewership Rises, ABC Wins Night In Demo

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Now nearly two weeks in, the new TV season has started to settle in a bit. But that doesn't mean new shows aren't still making their debuts – even on Fridays. And the premiere of comedy Dr. Ken (1.4/6) was a nice jolt for ABC, in fact the sitcom was the top scripted show of the night. Coming off the second week of the latest season of Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which bopped up 9% from its September 25 show, the semi-autobiographical Ken Jeong-led show about a doctor with… Read


Stephen Colbert Talks Oregon Shooting, McCarthy’s Benghazi “Little White Truth”

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Stephen Colbert packed a lot of politics into his Late Show opening last night. As had many other late night show hosts, he began by addressing the latest school shooting.  Late-night comedy show serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama was talking about in his latest post-mass-shooting news conference. “These things happen over and over again and we're naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we… Read


For ‘Limitless,’ ‘Rosewood’ And Other New Shows, Is 15 Minutes All It Takes To Win?

LOGLINE: A drama based on the 2011 feature. The series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.

It’s not the same as that 15 minutes that will supposedly save you 15% on car insurance, but 15 minutes may be all it takes to predict which new TV shows are most likely to make the cut to return next season, if Peel Smart Remote App data is as accurate this year as it was in 2014. This season’s top 5 new shows holding on to an average of 70.2% or more of their viewers for 15 minutes were Limitless (CBS) with 73.8%, Rosewood (Fox) with 73.3%, Blindspot (NBC) at 72.5%, The… Read


Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As EVP Of SAG-AFTRA, National VP/LA Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

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UPDATE, 8:35PM (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the EVP Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who… Read


‘Quantico’ Gets 2nd Encore After Strong L3 Ratings, ‘Beyond the Tank’ Pushed

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Quantico, starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, has emerged as a potential breakout new series, and ABC is getting firmly behind it. Three days before the series premiere, the network last Thursday pushed the return of reality series Beyond the Tank, originally slated for Sept. 29, by a week to give the Quantico opener more sampling with an encore airing two days later in the Tuesday 10 PM slot (which actually was Quantico‘s original berth before ABC moved it to… Read