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PBS Already Has Talked To Julian Fellowes About Next Masterpiece Drama

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PBS already has talked with Julian Fellowes about his next drama for MasterpieceMasterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton, talking to Deadline about today's announced ending for Fellowes' Downton Abbey, confirmed the talks, but declined to elaborate. PBS chief Paula Kerger also was on the phone call, to assure Deadline PBS is not in a panic about the coming end of its most popular drama series in its history and a show that single-handedly made public broadcasting sexy… Read

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Warner Bros Wins Visionary Viral Short ‘Sundays’ Auction; You Gotta See What $51,000 Can Look Like Onscreen

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has won an auction for the right to create a feature out of Sundays, a dazzling 14-minute short film by first-time feature director Mischa Rozema that had at least three studios vying for it after it went viral on Monday. Sony Pictures and Fox also chased it. Sundays becomes the latest in a growing trend where emerging filmmakers are dazzling the studios with short films that offer proof of concept and demonstrate an ability to create worlds and… Read

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Technicolor Says Layoffs Will Affect Only Its Media Services Departments

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EXCLUSIVE: Layoffs at Technicolor, which remains a postproduction giant in color grading, sound, visual effects and digital cinema services, will affect only its media services departments, the company told Deadline today. "This strictly affects the Media Services departments at our Olive Avenue office in Burbank, our Pinewood office in the UK and an office in Bangalore, India," a Technicolor spokesperson said a day after the layoffs were first reported here. "To clarify… Read

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Oscars: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Not Returning In 2016; Academy Starts New Producer Search

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s official. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar show for the past three years, will not be returning for round four and the Academy is now beginning a search for a new producer(s). Although Zadan had hinted about this in a cryptic tweet shortly after this year’s show, reps for the Academy and the producers maintained that nothing had been decided. Now it has. The Academy’s Board Of Governors met Tuesday night for the first time since Oscar… Read

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Starz Rises To No. 2 Pay Cable Network In Subscribers

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All major premium cable networks posted subscriber growth in the most recent fourth quarter of 2014, which also featured a different pecking order for the first time in years, with Starz (23.3 million subscribers) edging Showtime (22.8 million) to finish No.2 behind perennial leader HBO (31.4 million). It’s been awhile since Starz has had a No.2 ranking — on a yearly basis, it last finished ahead of Showtime in 2008. Starz’s subscriber base dipped the following year… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’s Gareth Neame On Series End: “We Know Exactly The Story We Want To Tell” (6 Seasons & A Movie?)

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Amid mounting speculation, the end of Downton Abbey was finally confirmed today. The historic period drama that has become a global phenomenon will close its doors after the currently shooting sixth season. Questions surrounding when the series would conclude have dogged and confounded creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame going back as early as Season 2. Just 10 days ago — when they spoke at a conference in Jerusalem — the pair would not be lead as… Read

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‘Mr. Robinson’ & ‘The Carmichael Show’ To Debut In August; NBC Sets ‘Welcome To Sweden’ Return, Other Summer Dates

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NBC, which has struggled with comedy this season, is making a major push in the genre in the summer with two new series, Mr. Robinson and The Carmichael Show, set to debut in August. They will be joined by Welcome To Sweden, which will return for a second season in July. Last summer, NBC premiered Welcome To Sweden and Undateable, both of which were renewed for a second season. Summer traditionally has been a reserved territory for burn-off shows, so Undateable‘s solid… Read

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‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Season 2 Premiere Set For May 31

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AMC has slotted the Season 2 premiere of Halt And Catch Fire for 10 PM Sunday, May 31. The second season will pick up in early 1985 and center on the rise of Mutiny, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna's (Kerry Bishé) start-up company that is built upon the most disruptive idea of the modern era: the Internet. Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy also star. Check out a clip of Season 2’s premiere… Read

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Nickelodeon’s ‘School Of Rock’ Rounds Out Cast

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Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim (Growing Up Fisher), Aidan Miner (Homeroom), Jade Pettyjohn (Henry Danger), and Breanna Yde (The Haunted Hathaways) have joined the cast of Nickelodeon's straight-to-series live action musical comedy School Of Rock. It centers on Dewey Finn (Tony Cavalero), a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock 'n'… Read

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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Night 3: 1.35 Million Viewers – Update

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UPDATED, 11:28 AM: Night 3 of CBSThe Late Late Show With James Corden delivered 1.35 million viewers, according to preliminary stats, as well as a 0.5 ratings in adults 25-54, 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 0.2 in adults 18-34. That’s a decline of 310,000 viewers from James Corden’s unveiling as host of Late Late Show on Monday (1.66 million viewers). Wednesday’s early stats show he also hung on to his ratings with 18-34 and 25-54, and dipped 0.1 in 18-49. On Night 2, Corden… Read

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Tom Stoppard & Charlie Hebdo Staff Lauded By PEN As Free-Speech Exemplars: Media

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Tom Stoppard, a fevered friend of free expression and foe of bad writing, will receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for his “extraordinary career as a dramatist and his abiding commitment to the defense of creative freedom worldwide.” It’s the highest honor bestowed by the American chapter of the global human-rights organization of writers and editors. Stoppard’s plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing and most recently The Hard Problem, currently running… Read

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‘Wolf Hall’ Review: Damian Lewis Rules As Henry VIII In PBS Drama

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With the beginning of the end for AMC's Mad Men, the debut of NBC's Biblical A.D. and American Odyssey plus the premiere of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Lifetime, Easter Sunday's primetime is a very crowded place this year. Among the offerings, I recommend in the video review above that you check yourself into Wolf Hall on April 5. The six-part series on PBS' Masterpiece provides some very compelling television. Based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels and… Read