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‘Nashville’ Creator & Producers On Finale: “We Have Stories Left To Tell”

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Country music drama Nashville tonight wrapped its four-season run on ABC with a finale that ended with a cliffhanger. It was an intentional move by the show’s creator Callie Khouri and lead studio Lionsgate TV as I hear that an alternative, series finale ending, also had been filmed. That is because the studio is optimistic that it would find another home for the show. (For more on that, read my finale recap.) Neither Oscar winner Khouri not Lionsgate are ready to close… Read

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‘Nashville’ Finale Opts For Cliffhanger Ending Amid Hope For Season 5 Elsewhere

NASHVILLE - "Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday" - On the season finale, Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette must choose how to publicly reckon with the truth of Jeff Fordham's death-a decision that directly affects Layla. Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates, and Will finally decides to do what he should have done long ago-step up as the leader of a cause and a community-on "Nashville," WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
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SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about tonight’s ABC series finale of Nashville. If tonight’s Nashville closer felt like a season and not a series finale, that was not by necessity but by design. Like fellow ABC bubble drama Castle, which too got a shocking cancellation, I hear Nashville filmed two endings of its Season 4 finale — a cliffhanger one and a happily-ever-after one in case of a cancellation. While Castle used the alternative ending that gave fans… Read

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Donald Trump Tells Jimmy Kimmel How He Comes Up With All Those Nicknames

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"Tonight, those of you watching at home will have the rare opportunity to see Donald Trump on television,” Jimmy Kimmel joked tonight on his ABC late-night show.  “Trump is here in Hollywood, and I thought this was interesting, he has promised to make Hollywood Boulevard great again, by building a wall around Bill Cosby's star on the Walk of Fame. And Guillermo is gonna pay for it!" During his visit, Trump explained his process in devising nicknames for his opponents (see… Read

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Shawn Dunn Boards Original Force As CTO; Pamela Wolfe Named HR Executive VP At Starz

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Shawn Dunn, formerly an executive at Weta Digital, has joined Original Force, LTD as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. At Original Force, Dunn will be responsible for overseeing the company’s technology foundation, implementing IT and workflow innovations in support of Original Force creative and artistic project, and the company’s games and animation divisions. Original Force has exploys nearly 1,200 people in offices in Los Angeles, Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai… Read

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Donald Trump Tapes ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ While Protesters Attract Media & Cops

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A small but yeasty crowd waved “Dump Trump” signs and shouted “[Have Sex With] Trump!” in Hollywood this afternoon as GOP nominee Donald Trump taped tonight’s  Jimmy Kimmel Live. LAPD had advised media covering Trump’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show to park on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, owing to a planned 4 PM protest outside the historic El Capitan Theatre next to Kimmel’s studio. At 4 PM, however, media covering the event including CNN, the LA Times and… Read

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Epix & Katie Couric Respond To Criticism Over Anti-Gun Docu Editing

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Director Stephanie Soechtig, collaborator Katie Couric and Epix have issued statements in response to criticism over the way the pro-gun control documentary Under the Gun was edited. The uproar started over a scene in which Couric, who co-produced and narrated the documentary, asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and… Read

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‘Wayward Pines’ Season 2 Review: M. Night Shyamalan Series Should Have Quit While It Was Ahead

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As this year's upfronts have displayed, it is often hard for broadcasters to resist salvaging past successes, adding a coat of reboot paint, and pushing it out on the schedule in hopes of similar ratings results. It's hard, but, as the second season of the dystopian Wayward Pines reveals, sometimes it is really best to resist that tendency and, in this case, let a limited event remain just that. Debuting on May 25 on Fox and taking over Empire's slot, the 10-episode… Read

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‘Paramour’ Lands On 42nd Street, One Small Step For Broadway, One Giant Leap For Cirque Du Soleil, Inc. – Review

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The lovestruck heart doesn’t merely leap in Paramour. It flips, flies, frolics, flits, flounces, trips to the moon on gossamer wings, beats like a boogie and jumps like a bean — everything exactly as one should expect from romance as filtered through the prism of Cirque du Soleil. Officially starting the 1016-2017 season, this is the show with which the Montreal-based global franchise plants its standard on Broadway, promising — and, in spades, delivering — a mashup of 42n… Read

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‘Grey’s Star Ellen Pompeo Signs With CAA

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CAA has signed Ellen Pompeo. This marks the Grey’s Anatomy star’s return to CAA where she was a client for more than a decade before moving to WME three years ago. Pompeo recently wrapped Season 12 of Shonda Rhimes’ ABC medical drama, which has been enjoying a creative and ratings resurgence with Pompeo as the sole lead. In its 12th season, Grey’s is ABC's highest-rated show in key demographics and ranks among television's top five dramas. Pompeo, who has shared in… Read

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Dominic Bogart Storming ‘The Glass Castle’; Gregg Sulkin Joins Magical App Pic; ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Courts James Mackay

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Dominic Bogart (I Am Not a Hipster) is in negotiations to join The Glass Castle, a drama starring Brie Larson as a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. Her mother (Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist, and alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson) to try to stir their children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Bogart will play Robbie; no character details were announced. Destin Cretten is directing The Glass Castle… Read

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‘Superior Donuts’: CBS Orders New Pilot For Jermaine Fowler Comedy

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CBS is re-piloting Superior Donuts, its multi-camera comedy starring Jermaine Fowler, for midseason consideration. The project, written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily, who serves as showrunner, hails from CBS TV Studios. I hear the ensemble comedy, based on the play by Tracy Letts, will undergo some recasting, with Brian d'Arcy James, who played the co-lead opposite Fowler in the original pilot, not continuing. CBS brass have been… Read

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‘Limitless’ Officially Canceled By CBS After One Season

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CBS Limitless, the only existing broadcast series whose fate was not determined by the upfronts, will not be getting a second season. Showrunner Craig Sweeny tweeted the news: I'm truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform. Thanks so much to everyone who watched. — Craig Sweeny (@CraigSweeny) May 25, 2016 CBS TV Studios had been quietly shopping the series when it became clear that the show likely was not going to be renewed by CBS, with… Read