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Rob Lowe Talks Hollow Moon, Ghost Sensing Gadgets, ‘The Lowe Files’ – TCA

A&E Network describes The Lowe Files as a reality series that follows Rob Lowe and sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel through the country to explore infamous unsolved mysteries. Rob Lowe described the show to TV critics this morning as “Anthony Bourdain in a blender with Scooby Doo." "We want to solve it but, if we don't, the point of it is a father and sons on the road making memories.” Critics asked the Lowe sons about some of Dad's wackier beliefs. The Moon is… Read

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‘Phelps Vs Shark’ Breaks Shark Week Ratings Record For Discovery

Phelps Vs Shark has taken home gold for Discovery as Shark Week’s highest-rated telecast ever in key demos. The July 23 special, in which Olympian Michael Phelps went fin-to-fin with a CGI shark, averaged over five million total viewers, making it the highest-rated Shark Week special ever across P25-54, W25-54, and W18-49. The special also helped propel Discovery to become the No. 1 basic cable network in primetime Sunday night. Across the entire day, Shark Week… Read

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HBO’s ‘All Def Comedy’ To Return As Series In December

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HBO has picked up Russell SimmonsAll Def Comedy stand-up series for a six-episode season that will kick of in December, the network said today. The order comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special in November, part of Simmons’ overall first-look deal with the premium cabler. The shows will be taped October 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by Tony Rock. Like Simmons and HBO’s original Def Comedy Jam, the series will feature… Read

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Anthony Scaramucci’s Politicon Participation Now Not Even Remotely Likely

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UPDATED, 11:10 AM: The situation is still somewhat fluid, but it’s looking like Anthony Scaramucci won’t be at this weekend’s Politicon, in person or via video. While talks are ongoing about the White House communications boss joining this weekend’s Pasadena confab via Skype, I hear in the past hour even that prospect is fading. A statement just put out by Politicon organizers makes no mention of Scaramucci’s possible participation this weekend. In fact, with a reference… Read

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Lifetime Greenlights Simone Biles Biopic, Sets Fall Movie Premiere Dates – TCA

Lifetime has greenlighted The Simone Biles Story (working title) a biopic about Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, and set fall air dates for previously announced movies The Watcher in the Woods, Flint, and The Lost Wife of Robert DurstI Am Elizabeth Smart also premieres as part of a cross-network event with sister A&E. The new project and dates were announced during Lifetime’s session Friday at TCA. Based on her book, Courage To Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in B… Read

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‘UnReal’ Renewed For Season 4 On Lifetime; Rookie ‘Mary Kills People’ Also Picked Up – TCA

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Lifetime said last month that Season 3 of its breakout original series UnReal would be delayed until 2018, but that didn’t stop it from renewing the show for a fourth season today. A+E Networks-owned cable net also said at TCA today that it has greenlighted a second season of its euthanasia-themed drama Mary Kills People for an early-2018 premiere. As for UnReal, the drama that looks behind the scenes of a fictional dating competition show had been set to return this… Read

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Donald Trump’s Trans Military Ban “Reprehensible”, ‘Transparent’ Team Says

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The cast and creatives of Amazon’s Emmy-winning Transparent today released a bit more than just the Season 4 trailer of the series. That’s because the trailer reveal came the same week President Donald Trump announced via Twitter his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. The show gave People an exclusive statement to go along with the trailer, which shows the Pfefferman family heading off on a spiritual and political journey to Israel as they… Read

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Fox Ups Jonathan Gabay To SVP Comedy Development & Programming

Fox has promoted Jonathan Gabay to Senior Vice President, Comedy Development & Programming, from his VP role. In his new position, Gabay will be responsible for helping drive development efforts for the network's comedy slate and leading series coverage on Fox's comedy hits. He reports directly to Suzanna Makkos, Fox's Executive Vice President, Comedy Development & Programming. He joins fellow SVP Comedy Development & Programming Samata Narra. Gabay joined Fox in 2011 as… Read

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‘Superstore’ Casts Kelly Stables; Usman Ally Joins ‘Suits’

The Exes alumna Kelly Stables is set for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of NBC’s hit comedy series Superstore. Stables will play chipper divorcée Kelly, who's back in the work force with her new job at Cloud 9. Her quirky optimism grates on Amy (America Ferrera), but she strikes up a fun flirtation with Jonah (Ben Feldman). Stables, known for her series-regular role as Eden on TV Land’s The Exes, has recurred on No Tomorrow and Two and  Half Men and… Read

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Al Gore Tests Box Office Climate With ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’; New Pics With Cotillard, Butler & Cera – Specialty Preview

Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand at the 2007 Oscars, where his An Inconvenient Truth won Best Documentary Feature. Bringing climate change to center stage, it was one of the biggest nonfiction films at the box office ever. Now, the former veep is back with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which Paramount Pictures is opening in four New York and L.A. locations ahead of an early-August national rollout. The film joins a rather crowded set of specialty… Read

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‘The Night Shift’ Ratings Hit Season High; ‘Big Brother’ & CBS Top Night

As the drama of an unsuccessful repeal of Obamacare played out late into the night in Washington, D.C., it was a pretty busy Thursday on the Big 4 and the CW, with CBS the winner again. Matching its July 20 result with a 1.1/5 overall rating, the House of Moonves saw Big Brother (1.9/8) top the night in the key demo and rise a tenth from its fast affiliates of last week. That early number actually went up a tenth for the Julie Chen-hosted series, so we might see a similar… Read

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‘Secret Life Of Muslims’ Web Series Returns For Season 2 With Funding Push

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The Emmy-nominated Secret Life Of Muslims will return for a second season thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Pillars Fund, and Hartley Film Foundation. The digital series, available online at Vox and the USA Today Network, employs humor and empathy to depict the challenges faced by Muslims in the U.S. The series was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding short documentary, was a Peabody Award finalist, and won a Goldziher Award, the latter given… Read