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‘Good Girls’ & ‘McMafia’ Review: NBC Series Is Aces; No Nutrition In AMC Drama

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A mini-crime wave will hit the small screen next week with the February 26 debut of both NBC's Good Girls and AMC's McMafia. To avoid you getting caught behind programming bars, let me tell you now: the former is a score, while the latter is a heist of your time. Airing at 10 PM, Good Girls, a 10-episode drama starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman from ex-Scandal co-executive producer Jenna Bans, skillfully shifts a catchy premise into a surprisingly… Read

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‘Torch Song’ To Re-Alight On Broadway In November In Former Home

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The Second Stage’s production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will move to the nonprofit theater’s Helen Hayes Theatre in the fall, returning the Tony-winning play to Broadway and to the venue where it premiered in 1982 (when it was the Little Theatre) and ran for three years. The revival production starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl will open November 1 in a limited engagement . Second Stage purchased the Helen Hayes, the Main Stem’s smallest theater, after a… Read

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Lauren Cohan To Star In ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ ABC Pilot, Could Return To ‘Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead co-star Lauren Cohan has been tapped as the female lead opposite Scott Foley in Whiskey Cavalier, ABC’s hourlong action-dramedy pilot from Bill Lawrence, Dave Hemingson and Warner Bros. TV. Cohan had been one of the most sought-after actors this broadcast season, fielding more than half-dozen offers before choosing the ABC project. While she will be a series regular on Whiskey Cavalier, I hear her deal allows the actress potentially to return to The Walkin… Read

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Netflix Orders ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Animated Series Starring Tiffany Haddish From ‘Bojack Horseman’ Team

Netflix is expanding its animation slate with a 10-episode series order to Tuca & Bertie, from the team behind Bojack Horseman, with Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish on board to voice the lead character and executive produce. Created by Bojack Horseman supervising producer Lisa Hanawalt, Tuca & Bertie is a comedy about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan (Haddish), and Bertie, an… Read

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Bill Gates To Guest Star In ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Bill Gates has been tapped to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBSThe Big Bang Theory. The billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist will appear as himself in an episode to air in March. When Penny (Kaley Cuoco) hosts Gates at work, the guys do everything in their power to meet him. Gates previously appeared as himself in a guest role on Frasier in 2001. CBS’ flagship series, from Warner Bros. TV, is in the middle of Season 11, the first year of a two-year ren… Read

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Katie Holmes To Star In Ilene Chaiken & Melissa Scrivner Love’s Fox Drama Pilot

In her first series-regular role since Dawson’s Creek, Katie Holmes has been tapped as the lead of Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love. Holmes also is set to executive produce the project from 20th Century Fox TV and 3 Arts. Written by Chaiken and Love, the untitled drama (fka Mrs. Otis Regrets) centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis (Holmes), who's in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a… Read

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Mel Gibson, Robert Towne, Mike Medavoy Team On ‘Dancing Bear’ For USA Network

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EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson, Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne and Mike Medavoy are teaming on Dancing Bear, an adaptation of the hardboiled crime novel by the late James Crumley that is in the early stages at USA Network though Universal Cable Productions. They haven’t greenlighted it yet, but Gibson is aboard to direct the pilot episode. He will be executive producer with Phoenix Pictures' Medavoy and Edward McGurn and Icon's Bruce Davey. Luisa Town, Anna Waterhouse and… Read

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Avan Jogia Joins Tom Dolby’s ‘The Artist’s Wife’

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Avan Jogia has joined Bruce Dern, Lena Olin, and Juliet Rylance in The Artist's Wife, directed by Call Me By Your Name exec producer Tom Dolby, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nicole Brending and Abdi Nazemian. It follows Claire (Olin), the wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Dern), who lives in the shadow of her husband. However, while preparing work for his latest exhibition, Richard is diagnosed with dementia and Claire shields his illness from… Read

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Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw Answer Call, Donate $500,000 & Join Clooneys, Katzenbergs In March For Our Lives: Who’s Next?

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2ND UPDATE: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw have joined in the pledge started this morning by George & Amal Clooney and then by Jeffrey & Marilyn Katzenberg to help offset the costs of the March For Our Lives event in DC March 24 to protest for meaningful gun control. Spielberg and Capshaw have matched the Clooney donation of $500,000. Deadline will update this throughout the day if more pledges come in for a most worthy cause. "The young students in Florida and now… Read

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‘Charmed’: Melonie Diaz Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot

Melonie Diaz (The Breaks) has been casr as one of three sisters at the center of the CW's Charmed dramedy pilot, from Jane the Virgin creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and CBS TV Studios. The Charmed reboot, penned by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin and created with Urman, is set in present time. Per the CW, "this fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing… Read

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Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh Named President Of ITV America’s Sirens Media

Real Housewives of New Jersey producer Sirens Media has tapped veteran TV executive and producer Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh as president. In addition, company founders Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton will transition to creative directors of Sirens Media, part of ITV America production group. In her new role as president, Sebastian-Dayeh will have responsibility for all content creation across a range of genres for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. She… Read

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Court Nixes AT&T Request To Force DOJ To Release White House Communiques

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A federal judge has refused AT&T’s request to compel the U.S. Department of Justice to release its communications with the White House ahead of next month’s landmark trial over the telecom giant’s acquisition of Time Warner. The heart of the request was AT&T’s conviction that politics — specifically President Donald Trump’s animus toward CNN, a major Time Warner asset — has prompted the government lawsuit seeking to block the $85B deal. But U.S. District Judge Richard… Read