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Bill Maher Blasts Commencement Speech Flap; Calls On College Students Nationwide To Support Him

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Bill Maher says he intends to give the commencement speech at Berkeley's December graduation ceremony and challenged liberal college students nationwide to condemn an effort by the Berkeley student group that invited and then tried to un-invite him, because “my reputation isn't on the line. Yours is.” Maher, earlier this week, had announced via Twitter that he would not comment until tonight's broadcast of his HBO late-night show, on the effort by some University of… Read

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Miles Fisher Joins ‘Man Seeking Woman'; Michael Liu In ‘Sin City Saints’

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Miles Fisher (Final Destination) has booked a multi-episode recurring role opposite Jay Baruchel on FX comedy Man Seeking Woman, from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. Described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating, it centers on Josh Greenberg (Baruchel), a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his longtime girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror. Despite the agony, Josh… Read

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‘Gotham’ Ratings Surge For Fox On Multi-Platform Viewing

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The realities of the 21st century television landscape have served a story first set in the late 1930 very very well. A month after its premiere, Fox's freshman Gotham has hit a total multi-platform audience of 22.2 million, according to the network. Not only is that a pretty impressive number for the WBTV produced world of Batman backstory but it is actually a 168% life over the Live + Same Day audience of 8.3 million that the series got for its 8 PM September 22… Read

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‘The McCarthys’ Debuts Low, ‘Elementary’ Down In Return, ‘A To Z’ Hits Dreaded 0.7 Rating

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UPDATE PM: As could be expected following the underwhelming numbers this morning, NBC just moved in to cut the runs of both A To Z and Bad Judge to their original 13-episode orders, effectively canceling the freshman series which will remain in their Thursday slots. The final ratings brought some Halloween horror to CBS' first post-football Thursday, with major downward adjustments for The McCarthys, Elementary, Mom and Two And A Half Men. The McCarthys slipped two tenths… Read

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Ian Fraser, Emmy-Winning Music Director, Dead At 81

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The 11-time Emmy winner, Television Academy Peer Group Governor and music director for the 1995 Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria died at home Friday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ian Fraser, after a courageous battle with cancer,” Television Academy chairman and chief exec officer Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement released by the… Read

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‘Agent X’ Drama Starring Sharon Stone Picked Up To Series By TNT

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TNT has never had as much pickup activity as it has in the past two months with no programming topper. The network just gave a 10-episode series order to action drama Agent X starring Sharon Stone for a premiere in the second half of 2015. The action-drama co-starring Jeff Hephner and Gerald McRaney was part of TNT's previous pilot cycle, along with Public Morals, Proof and Guilt By Association. In early May, the network picked up Public Morals and Proof to series, passed… Read

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‘POTUS’ Drama About U.S. President Corrupted By Power Set At Fox With ’24’ Trio

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Amidst a tumultuous second term for President Barack Obama who is facing an uphill battle at the midterm elections next week, comes POTUS, a drama project in development at Fox from Homeland and 24 executive producer Howard Gordon. Described as a topical and high-intensity drama and part wish-fulfillment/part cautionary tale, POTUS follows an American President frustrated with politics as usual, who decides to play by his own rules. It tells the story of a man with good… Read

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‘Bad Judge’ & ‘A to Z’ Cancelled By NBC, Will Finish Original 13-Episode Orders

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Following another set of underwhelming numbers last night, NBC has pulled the plug on Thursday freshman comedies Bad Judge and A To Z. They are not being pulled from the schedule — both will stay in the 9 PM and 9:30 Thursday slots. Both also will complete their 13-episode original orders. Legal comedy Bad Judge starring Kate Walsh has shot 10 episodes, romantic comedy A To Z  has finished 11 episodes to date. Neither comedy got traction on what has been a very… Read

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Halloween Horror: Pete Hammond’s Top Three Fright Classics (Video)

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Saw is getting a major theatrical re-release in light of its 10th anniversary  and the fact that today is Halloween. It is one of the few pure horror titles, after last week's Ouija and Annabelle  a couple of weeks agothat is out there in theaters for the holiday. It seems Hollywood has really let horror fans down this year. Where's all the new stuff , the potential new classics.  I'm disappointed, studios. This should be your bread and butter this time of year. And… Read

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John Carpenter Q&A: Why ‘Halloween’ Didn’t Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror

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John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978's Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter's four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings… Read

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Cable One Says It’s Doing Just Fine After Dropping Viacom Channels

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This could be disquieting for Viacom, even though Cable One — owned by Graham Holdings Co. — is small fry in the cable playground. Cable One made noise in April when it stopped carrying 15 Viacom channels saying that they had become too expensive with programming that's too easy to find online. Here's one consequence: It ended Q3 with 476,233 video subs - down 15.1% from the same period last year — according to GHC's earnings report out today. But Cable One doesn't seem… Read

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NBC Assessing ‘Space Race’ After Virgin Galactic Crash Kills One Pilot, Seriously Injures Another

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NBC says it's “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series  Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The… Read

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