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’13 Reasons Why’s Anne Winters Joins ‘Night School’; ‘Trial By Fire’ Adds Jade Pettyjohn

Anne Winters, who was recently been added to season 2 of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, is doubling down on her studies as the actress has joined Universal’s Malcolm D. Lee-directed comedy Night School. Kevin Hart stars in the film about a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the hopes that they'll pass the GED exam. Winters will play Mila, a hipster deadpan from a wealthy family who forced by her parents to get her GED at the night school class. The… Read

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Anthony Scaramucci Scores With Women In Visit To ‘The View’

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Women love Anthony Scaramucci. Friday’s telecast of The View's top telecast of the week among women aged 18-49 and 25-54. In fact he delivered to The View its second best women 25-54 number (563K) in more than five months. Scaramucci trailed only the edition of the daytime talker since it played host to Hillary Clinton on September 13. Overall, Scaramucci clocked 2.757M viewers which was the program’s second biggest crowd of the week, behind Thursday’s 2.763M. The… Read

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‘Young Sheldon’ & ‘Good Doctor’ Debut To Strong Ratings As New TV Season Starts

Snapshot, updated with finals 2 PM: New series premieres: Young Sheldon (CBS, 3.8 in 18-49, up from 3.7 in the fast nationals, 17.2 million viewers in preview), The Good Doctor (ABC, 2.2, 11.22 million, after downward adjustment over NFL pre-emptions), Me, Myself & I (CBS, 1.6, adjusted down a tenth 7.5 million), The Brave (NBC, 1.3, adjusted down a tenth, 6.0 million); Returning series premieres: The Big Bang Theory (4.1, up from 3.9 in the fast nationaks, +8%, 17.7 milli… Read

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Trump: “I Was Ashamed” That NFL Players Took Knee During National Anthem

"I wasn’t preoccupied with NFL; I was ashamed of what was taking place,” President Donald Trump said this afternoon of his decision to call football players taking a knee during the national anthem “son of a bitch” at a campaign rally and urge team owners to sack them. “To me that was a very important moment,” Trump said a Rose Garden presser with Spain’s prime minister. “I don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem.” Asked if his is too… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Taps Heidi Gardner, Luke Null & Chris Redd As New Cast Members, Adds 7 Writers For Season 43

It came down to the wire, but Saturday Night Live, coming off a highly rated season and big Emmy wins, has selected its new cast members and writers for the upcoming 43rd season. Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will join the venerable show as featured players starting with the season premiere, which is just in four days, on Sept. 30, with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. The hires cap a series of auditions and tests over the past month or so in New York… Read

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‘Black Lightning’: Kyanna Simone Simpson Set To Recur In the CW Series

Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) has locked in a recurring role in the CW's upcoming DC drama Black Lightning, from Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Greg Berlanti, set for premiere in 2018. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer, hellbent on… Read

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Oriental DreamWorks Names Peilin Chou As CCO; Designs Robust Animation Slate

Oriental DreamWorks has appointed industry veteran Peilin Chou as its Chief Creative Officer, and unveiled a slate of key development projects at the Shanghai-based studio. They include animated features from such talent as Master Of None‘s Alan Yang, Sex And The City writer Jenny Bicks, Toy Story 2‘s Rita Hsiao and Audrey Wells who wrote A Dog’s Purpose which barked up $88M at the Chinese box office. Already on deck for release by Universal in 2019 is the Yeti-themed Ever… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Tweets News That Graham-Cassidy Bill Is Kaput

Senate’s latest effort to kill Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy bill is kaput. Jimmy Kimmel tweeted the news to his fans. At a presser, bill co-author Sen. Lindsey Graham announced, “we’re coming back to this after taxes. We’re going to have time to explain our concept and we’re going to take this show on the road.” Or, as co-author and Jimmy Kimmel nemesis Sen. Bill Cassidy put it, “We don’t have the votes.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, insisted “We… Read

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WME Signs ‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’ Duo Michael Matthews & Sean Drummond

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EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the Toronto debut of their first feature Five Fingers For Marseille, director Michael Matthews and writer Sean Drummond have signed with WME. The filmmakers, who have operated their production banner from Cape Town for the past 12 years and first made noise in Hollywood with the short Apocalypse Now Now, were hotly pursued. They wrote and directed Five Fingers For Marseille, and produced through their Be Phat Motel banner. The Western-style thriller… Read

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‘Call Of Duty’s PCB Prods., LINK Form Partnership To Cast Celeb Talent For Video Game Industry

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA Video Game strike just yesterday, Keith Arem's PCB Productions and LINK Entertainment have announced the formation of a strategic partnership for casting and celebrity talent for the video game industry. PCB Prods. is behind such franchises as Call of DutyGhost ReconRainbow SixDeadpoolPersona, and Titanfall. SAG-AFTRA and the major video game companies reached a tentative agreement to end the longest… Read

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‘Waco’ Trailer: First Footage Of Michael Shannon & Taylor Kitsch In Paramount Network Series

“You’ve looked to me to be your leader, to guide you on this journey. But I’m no leader. I’m a follower, just like you. God has instructed me to stay here and wait for his sign. This is our time to prove through suffering that we’re worthy of the miracle that’s to come.” Those words from Taylor Kitsch’s David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians. Here’s the first look at footage from the six-part event series that tells the harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff… Read

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More Jobs For Female & Minority Cable Executives And Senior Managers, Study Finds

Female executives and senior-level managers in the cable telecommunications industry have made "measurable progress" in employment opportunities since 2015, according to a new survey. It also found that the representation of minority professionals in the cable industry "exceeds the national benchmark at all levels" — except on boards of directors, where representations "is on par with the national benchmark at 15%." A summary of the survey found that the current… Read