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‘Abby’s’: Natalie Morales To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot

Former The Grinder star Natalie Morales has landed the lead role in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s from Josh Malmuth, Mike Schur's Fremulon, 3 Arts and Universal TV. Written by Malmuth, Abby's, which echoes the tradition of one of NBC's best comedy series of all time, Cheers, is set at an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other… Read

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‘Nashville’ Gets Midseason Return & Series Finale Dates On CMT; New Characters Added – Watch Promo

It won’t be long before the song is over. CMT today set a June 7 midseason return date for Nashville, which is in its final season. And the final curtain will fall on the countrified soap with a series finale set for July 26. Watch a promo for the beginning of the end below. CMT cued up the sixth and last season of Nashville on January 4 and drew the series' best L+3 numbers since its S5 midseason premiere in early June 2017. Now in its second season on CMT, which picked… Read

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Stephen Colbert Lampoons Marco Rubio’s Remarks At CNN Gun Violence Town Hall

Stephen Colbert wasn’t so impressed as other TV talent that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio showed up for CNN’s town hall on school gun violence Wednesday night. “Just showing up isn’t that impressive; he works for those people,” Colbert said of the event, attended by about 7K people, including survivors and parents of  victims of last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Colbert said Rubio – aka “man who just received his cash from the NRA”  – was the… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Grabs ‘Bieber Generation’ Docu; Freestyle Digital Media Acquires ‘Live Or Die In La Honda’

Gravitas Ventures is hangin’ with Justin Bieber fans. The company has acquired U.S. rights to Bieber Generation, Jennifer Van Gessel’s documentary about the singer’s massive and adoring fan base. Set to hit VOD and home video on March 6, the film focuses on the “Beliebers,” fans who dominate social media and seem to elicit opinions about them from just about everyone. These mega-fans from around the world feel that they are stereotyped, and Bieber Generation looks at… Read

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The Very Best Version Of A Mother That She Can Be: Laurie Metcalf On Bringing The Tough Love To ‘Lady Bird’

It was the monologue that launched a thousand casting calls. In 1984 Laurie Metcalf made her New York stage debut, appearing alongside her Steppenwolf peers in John Malkovich's revival of Lanford Wilson's 1965 play Balm in Gilead. And in a sea of odd, unsympathetic characters, who ranged from heroin addicts to hookers in an upper Broadway café, it was Metcalf who stood out from the crowd. Just as all the buzz is occurring on stage amid overlapping conversations, Metcalf's… Read

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‘In Between Lives’: Harriet Dyer To Topline NBC Clairvoyance Crime Drama Pilot

In her American television debut, young Australian actress Harriet Dyer (Love Child) has landed the female lead in In Between Lives, NBC’s drama pilot from writer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television — the joint venture of Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios — and Universal TV. Written by Kirland, In Between Lives centers on Cassie (Dyer), a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a… Read

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Hollywood Activists Join In Pressuring Amazon To Drop NRA TV From Streaming Service

NRA TV Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano is among a group of Hollywood activists calling on Amazon to drop the National Rifle Association’s online video channel from its streaming service. The hashtag #StopNRAmazon began trending on Twitter today, as Milano joined with Law & Order: SUV executive producer Warren Leight and actors Amy Hargreaves, Ally Walker, Evan Handler, Tara Strong and Misha Collins in putting NRATV in the social media cross-hairs. “The only way to really begin to chip away at the… Read

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Television Academy Revises Its Code of Conduct For #MeToo Era

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced its new Code of Conduct. Read the letter below and the revised code here. The Television Academy's governance previously voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life. Here is the message from chairman/CEO Hayma Washington announcing the revised Code of Conduct: Dear Academy Member: As we recently announced, the Television Academy has taken the last year to review and revise several of its governing… Read

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Freeform Ups Deena Beach And Dalia Ganz To VP Level

ABC/Disney’s Freeform network has upped two key executives to VP roles. Deena Beach is now the VP, marketing strategy, while Dalia Ganz has been upped to VP, social media, digital marketing & synergy. The appointments were announced by Tricia Melton, SVP, marketing, creative & branding, who spearheaded the launch of the new brand narrative and tagline, which was unveiled earlier this year at the network's inaugural Freeform summit. Beach and Ganz will continue to report… Read

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The 16-Year Journey To Release For Duncan Jones And ‘Mute’ – Q&A

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After 16 years in development, Duncan JonesMute arrives on Netflix tomorrow. It is the fourth film for Jones, who made an outstanding debut in 2009 with Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, and followed it up with the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer Source Code in 2011 and 2016’s Warcraft, which hit $433 million at the global box office. But Mute was one of the first screenplays he ever put together, and over the years multiple studios balked at the production cost required for the… Read

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Lea Thompson To Co-Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Our People’ From Lee Daniels

In her return to comedy series two decades after her starring turn on NBC’s Caroline In the City, Lea Thompson has been tapped for a meaty series regular role in Our People, Fox’s culture clash single-camera comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran. The projectfrom Lee Daniels Entertainment, Endemol Shine and 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young Multicultural Couple. Written by Chandrasekaran… Read

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‘Fam’ CBS Comedy Pilot Casts Odessa Adlon; Dennis Andres Joins ABC’s ‘Greatest American Hero’

Odessa Adlon (Nashville) is set for a series regular role in CBS comedy pilot Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom), Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Written by Kingsbury and directed by Andy Ackerman, Fam is about a woman's younger half-sister who comes to live with her and her fiancé to escape their train wreck of a father. Adlon will play Shannon, Clem's younger half-sister who shows up on her doorstep unannounced. Shannon is a wild child who has… Read