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‘America’s Got Talent’ Ratings Hit Debut Low, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Returns Down, ‘I Can Do That’ Opens Solid

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There were a lot of championship level sports on cable last night in primetime and a lot of unscripted on the Big 4. After Tuesday's 7-3 ice battle, the New York Rangers have forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to a NHL Eastern Conference Game 7 to decide who competes for the Stanley Cup. At least LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know their next step. NBA Playoffs basketball on TNT on Tuesday saw the Cavs grab a spot in the Finals with a 118-88 win over the Atlanta… Read

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Abrams Artists Ups Four Agency Veterans In Restructuring

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Abrams Artists Agency has announced a restructuring and realignment of the company's senior leadership, promoting four veteran execs to senior leadership roles. Neal Altman and Robert Attermann have been tapped as COOs of the company in Los Angeles and New York, founder and CEO Harry Abrams said today. In addition, Brian Cho has been named the CFO in Los Angeles and New York, and Marni Rosenzweig has been promoted to SVP in Los Angeles and heads up the Los Angeles Talent… Read

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Benjamin Bratt Joins Bold Films’ ‘Shot Caller’ & Netflix’s ‘Special Correspondent’

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Benjamin Bratt has lined up a pair projects — one for Netflix and the other for Bold Films/Participant/Relativity. First, Bratt has been cast in Ricky Gervais’ satirical comedy Special Correspondent about a New York based radio journalist (Eric Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes frontline war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Bratt will portray… Read

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Brittany Ishibashi Kicks Up ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′; Jonathan Bailey Joins Donald Crowhurst Pic

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Brittany Ishibashi is suiting up for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Dave Green’s live-action sequel to last year’s hit reboot. She will play Shredder’s daughter Karai in the Paramount Pictures feature from Gama Entertainment Partners and Nickelodeon Movies. Ishibashi’s recent credits include Grace And Frankie, Bones and Emily Owens, M.D., along with the features Everything Before Us and The Harvesting. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Kyle Fritz Management and… Read

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ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Takes May Sweep In Demos, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Wins Week

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ABC’s World News Tonight won the May sweep in the news demo and in adults 18-49 for the first time in eight years, that network boasted early this morning, citing Nielsen numbers. NBC issued a blistering response, noting that NBC Nightly News clocked its 31st consecutive sweep win in total viewers, averaging 7.71 million, to best ABC by 35,000 and CBS by 1.08 million. NBC also pointed out it that it was the No. 1 newscast in total viewers and both demos for the week of… Read

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Discovery Chief Says U.S. TV Market Is Weakening While Overseas Grows

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Discovery CEO David Zaslav seemed more skeptical than usual about the growth prospects for U.S. television in his appearance this morning before investors at the Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference.  He provided a dreary report about everything from domestic advertising to content sales as he talked up Discovery’s international growth efforts. Zaslav described the current upfront ad sales market as “pretty good, but not great” as the number of orders ebbs… Read

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‘Doctor Who’ Peter Capaldi Set For Comic-Con Debut

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Like the Tardis, Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center is a lot bigger than it first appears, and the 12th Doctor intends to fill it. In his Comic-Con debut, Peter Capaldi will be headlining BBC America’s Doctor Who panel in the cavernous Hall on July 9. This year’s fanboy and fangirl megafest runs July 9-12 with the preview night on July 8. "Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world,” said Capaldi, a… Read

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Music Box Acquires Pablo Larrain’s ‘The Club’ For North America

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Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s The Club, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Funny Balloons is handing world sales. The film is Larrain's follow-up feature to the Oscar-nominated No, which starred Gael Garcia Bernal. The Club features a number of Larrain regulars including Alfredo Castro, star of  the director’s Tony Manero. Guillermo Calderon, Daniel Villalobos and Larraín wrote the… Read

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Viacom Renews Distribution Agreement With Mediacom

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This will catch the eye of Viacom investors who fear that additional distributors will follow the lead of some relatively small operators that have dropped the entertainment company’s channels. Suddenlink and others that have done so say that Viacom’s price demands  are too high for services including Nickelodeon, MTV, and VH1 whose ratings have declined. This morning’s announcement about Viacom’s renewal with Mediacom is light on specifics about the deal, including how… Read

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FIFA Officials Arrested In Switzerland On US Corruption Charges

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1st UPDATE, Wednesday, 04.30 AM- FIFA reps have confirmed that a planned congress and presidential election scheduled for this Friday will still go ahead, as will the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively. The rep also made clear that controversial FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who has not been implicated in the arrest of six top FIFA officials this morning in a Swiss hotel, will not be stepping down ahead of Friday’s election, which he had widely… Read

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‘Grace And Frankie’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Comedy series Grace And Frankie has gotten a second season on Netflix. It will debut in 2016. The news was revealed tonight on an FYC panel at the Pacific Design Center that included series co-creators and executive producers Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, along with series stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen. “Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” said Kauffman, series co-creator and exec producer, “because two and a half weeks after we… Read

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‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ To Be Rebooted By Fox

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20th Century Fox is taking another stab at turning Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen into a film franchise, it was reported today. The studio is producing a new film based on the influential graphic novel series, to be overseen by Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly, and produced by John Davis of Davis Entertainment. The graphic novel series was previously adapted to film by Fox in 2003. That movie debuted at number 2 behind the first Pirates… Read