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‘Peaky Blinders’ Adds Paddy Considine, International Intrigue & More As Season 3 Shoot Begins


The long-anticipated return of Peaky Blinders is approaching. Shooting starts Monday on the third season of the Steven Knight-created crime saga with new cast additions now set, and more revealed about what’s to come for Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby. Among the new cast members, Paddy Considine has joined as the representative of a force beyond anything Tommy has previously encountered. Season 3 will see Tommy pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international… Read


Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86

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A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read


Relativity Surprise: Stalking Horse To Pay $125M For TV Business

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This is a twist in Relativity Media’s bankruptcy saga: In the auction that took place on Thursday and Friday the group of creditors known as Stalking Horse Bidders withdrew their offer to buy the entire company for $250 million and agreed to buy just Relativity Television — the most vibrant operation — for $125 million. In the auction, “No single or aggregate bids were received for substantially all of [Relativity’s]  assets and thus no bids were deemed Qualified Bids,”… Read

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‘The Martian’ Defies ‘Gravity’ On Friday; ‘Everest’ & ‘The Walk’ In Large Format Quandary – Saturday AM Box Office Update


4TH UPDATE after 3RD UPDATE, Saturday 10AM after 1:15AM post: Updated with Saturday AM figures There’s historic flash flooding in the Carolinas and folks are fleeing Hurricane Joaquin, but 20th Century Fox’s The Martian is keeping the multiplexes dry in the rest of the country, as the Ridley Scott film is within the atmosphere of possibly breaking the $55.8M October opening record set by Warner Bros.’ Gravity exactly two years ago. Bullish results stem from Joaquin… Read


‘Dr. Ken’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘Blue Bloods’ Viewership Rises, ABC Wins Night In Demo

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Now nearly two weeks in, the new TV season has started to settle in a bit. But that doesn't mean new shows aren't still making their debuts – even on Fridays. And the premiere of comedy Dr. Ken (1.4/6) was a nice jolt for ABC, in fact the sitcom was the top scripted show of the night. Coming off the second week of the latest season of Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which bopped up 9% from its September 25 show, the semi-autobiographical Ken Jeong-led show about a doctor with… Read


Stephen Colbert Talks Oregon Shooting, McCarthy’s Benghazi “Little White Truth”

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Stephen Colbert packed a lot of politics into his Late Show opening last night. As had many other late night show hosts, he began by addressing the latest school shooting.  Late-night comedy show serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama was talking about in his latest post-mass-shooting news conference. “These things happen over and over again and we're naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we… Read


For ‘Limitless,’ ‘Rosewood’ And Other New Shows, Is 15 Minutes All It Takes To Win?

LOGLINE: A drama based on the 2011 feature. The series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.

It’s not the same as that 15 minutes that will supposedly save you 15% on car insurance, but 15 minutes may be all it takes to predict which new TV shows are most likely to make the cut to return next season, if Peel Smart Remote App data is as accurate this year as it was in 2014. This season’s top 5 new shows holding on to an average of 70.2% or more of their viewers for 15 minutes were Limitless (CBS) with 73.8%, Rosewood (Fox) with 73.3%, Blindspot (NBC) at 72.5%, The… Read


Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As EVP Of SAG-AFTRA, National VP/LA Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

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UPDATE, 8:35PM (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the EVP Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who… Read


‘Quantico’ Gets 2nd Encore After Strong L3 Ratings, ‘Beyond the Tank’ Pushed

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Quantico, starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, has emerged as a potential breakout new series, and ABC is getting firmly behind it. Three days before the series premiere, the network last Thursday pushed the return of reality series Beyond the Tank, originally slated for Sept. 29, by a week to give the Quantico opener more sampling with an encore airing two days later in the Tuesday 10 PM slot (which actually was Quantico‘s original berth before ABC moved it to… Read


Premiere Week Live+3 Ratings: Scripted Series Take Charge As ‘Empire’, ‘Big Bang’ Overtake ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Here is another great indication of how rapidly and profoundly consumption of scripted programming is changing, with delayed/on-demand viewing’s share growing by the day. NBC’s Sunday Night Football dominated Premiere Week in Live+Same Day ratings, sitting at No.1 with a 8.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 22.07 million viewers, comfortably ahead of the closest finishers, Fox’s Empire (6.7 in 18-49) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (18.20 million viewers). But after only 3 days… Read


‘Top Chef’ Extortion Case: Feds Indict Wrong Teamster, Won’t Admit Mistake

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The U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts this week indicted the wrong man for harassing and threatening the cast and crew of Top Chef last year. Richard Jeffrey, one of the five members of Teamsters Local 25 indicted by the office Wednesday, had his charges quietly dropped. Another member of the Boston local, Michael Ross, was indicted in his stead. It turns out that the two men look alike, and when prosecutors viewed crew members' cell phone footage of the Top Chef… Read


UTA & ICM Accused Of Forming TV “Cartel” with WME & CAA In New Complaint From Boutique Agency

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Two weeks to the day that Lenhoff & Lenhoff saw a chunk of their antitrust and anti-packaging suit against UTA and ICM Partners tossed by the courts, the boutique agency is back today with a second amended complaint – and they are pulling mega-agencies WME and CAA further into the multi-claim case now as well. "Plaintiff alleges that Defendants UTA and ICM, together with two other ‘Uber’ talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor (‘WME’) and Creative Artists Agency (‘CAA’)… Read