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‘Timeless’ Creators Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke Sued Over “Ripped Off” Format

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A Spanish company is suing Sony, NBCUniversal and Timeless creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, claiming that they pilfered the idea for NBC’s new time-travel drama. Onza Entertainment claims the series was “ripped off” from its copyrighted format El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Department of Time), for which the company says it was in negotiations with Sony to produce an American version. The suit says the Spanish format “relates to the adventures of a… Read

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Trumpocalypse Showers Cable News Networks With Q3 Ratings Records

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The 2016 presidential election cycle has been very good to cable news networks. Fox News Channel delivered its most watched quarter ever in total-day viewership. FNC ranked No. 1 in basic cable for Q3 primetime and total-day total viewers. Despite the network’s internecine dramas, FNC viewers stayed loyal, to the tune of 2.44M primetime viewers, 459K of them in the news demo, and 1.41M total-day total viewers, 276K of which fell in the key sales age bracket. This marks… Read

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Donald Trump Vs Hillary Clinton Debate Most Watched In TV History With 84M+ Viewers – Update

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spar during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y
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UPDATE with final Nielsen numbers: An average of 84 million people tuned in to watch the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Nielsen said in releasing final numbers for the telecast. The statistic includes viewing by 13 networks airing live coverage from about 9 PM-11:45 PM ET. The networks included in Nielsen’s tally: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Azteca, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business Network and MSNBC. An earlier… Read

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Premiere Week Ratings: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Bull’, ‘Designated Survivor’ Among Bright Spots

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By most accounts, it was a solid premiere week for the broadcast networks. The overall Live+Same Day declines were in line with expectations; the Big 4 networks combined drew a 7.2 adults 18-49, down 9% from last year’s premiere week (some of the decline has to do with a weaker Sunday Night Football game this year), and 28.25 million viewers, -5%. There were no outright flops among the new series, though there were some disappointments. Overall, it was a very good week… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Gets Full-Season Order At NBC For Total Of 18 Episodes

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This Is Us has emerged as the breakout new hourlong series of the fall 2016 broadcast season. Now Dan Fogelman’s sprawling ensemble dramedy, from 20th Century Fox TV, has received a Back 5 pickup from NBC for an 18-episode order, short of the standard 22. This Is Us creator Fogelman had designed the heavily serialized, decades-spanning dramedy for shorter, cable-style seasons. I hear he originally was shooting for a 16-episode freshman season, with the number eventually… Read

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Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ To Shine On Rome Film Fest’s Opening Night

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A24’s Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, will open the 11th Rome Film Festival October 13. The chronicle of a young black man from childhood to adulthood in a rough neighborhood of Miami played to good notices at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and will open theatrically October 21. "Moonlight is an extraordinary film, at the same time powerful and tender, realistic and poetic,” said the Rome fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda. “It is a great honor… Read

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Garth Drabinsky Sets ‘Madame Sousatzka’ Musical For His Broadway Comeback

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Proving it’s possible to have not just two but three acts in the business there’s no business like, Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky announced today that he’s coming back to Broadway next fall, following an unanticipated hiatus. His production of a new musical based on the novel behind the 1988 Shirley MacLaine vehicle Madame Sousatzka will shake down at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre from February 25 through April 9, 2017 before coming to New York next October at a theater… Read

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‘The Crown’ Trailer: First Look At Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Drama Series

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The Crown must win, must always win.” That admonition comes at the end of the first trailer for Netflix’s new original drama The Crown, which chronicles the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The show is created, written and executive produced by The Queen scribe Peter Morgan. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and Andy Harries (The Queen) also executive produce and Daldry directs. The series stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the… Read

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‘Before The Flood’ Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Documentary On Climate Change

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“We’ve known about this for decades … and the problem seems to be getting worse and worse and worse.” Here’s the trailer for Before The Flood, a documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio that will have a theatrical run next month followed by a global TV airing a week-plus later. “I just want to know how far we’ve gone,” DiCaprio says, “and if there’s anything we can do anything to stop it.” There are mind-numbing and/or heart-wrenching scenes of glaciers… Read

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Donald Trump Debate With Hillary Clinton Breaks YouTube Political Records

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y
Presidential Debate, Hempstead, New York, USA - 26 Sep 2016

With nearly 2 million concurrent viewers and over 3 million live watch hours, Donald Trump’s first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton broke political records, YouTube reported. Those stats came across the six news organizations that streamed the debate, according to the video-sharing website.  The 2M concurrent live viewers is a new political record. Compared to 2012, Donald Trump’s first debate with Hillary Clinton had 14 times the viewership, 5 times more watch… Read

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Would Disney Find A Trick Or Tweet If It Bids For Twitter?

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Twitter plunged 12 percent as the social media company reported another loss and user adoption rates continue to slow

Disney should prepare itself for push-back from Wall Street if it decides to make an offer for Twitter. The social media company has a market value of $20.4 billion and is said to be looking for about $30 billion. That would make it twice expensive as Disney’s combined deals for Pixar ($6 billion), Marvel ($4 billion), and Lucasfilm ($4 billion). Analysts are divided, but several consider such a big bet on Twitter to be too risky. It’s “not obvious” how the entertainment… Read

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‘Milton’s Secret’ Sneak Peek: First Film Based On An Eckhart Tolle Book Challenges The Young Mind

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EXCLUSIVE: Here is a clip from the coming-of-age drama Milton’s Secret, a film based on the YA novel from bestselling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman. This marks the first book-to-film adaptation for a Tolle book. The man the New York Times calls “the most popular spiritual author in the United States” also has a strong following among Hollywood execs, so it might not be the last. Barnet Bain directed the pic, which he penned with Donald… Read