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‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ Blog-Inspired Comedy From Jerry Bruckheimer TV Gets CBS Production Commitment

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In a competitive situation, Talk Nerdy To Me, a multi-camera comedy from 2 Broke Girls writer-producer Morgan Murphy and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Jerry Bruckheimer TV, which has been looking to expand into half-hour comedy series, is producing with Warner Bros TV, where the company is based. Written by writer-comedian Murphy, the project is inspired by the blog Talk Nerdy to Me, Lover… Read

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‘Valentina’ Telenovela Adaptation At ABC Family Sets Daniel Barnz To Write, Direct

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Filmmaker Daniel Barnz (Cake) has been tapped to write and direct Valentina, ABC Family’s adaptation of the RCTV telenovela Mi Gorda Bella Valentina, executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment (Chasing Life) and Jorge Granier of RCTV International (Jane The Virgin). Valentina, which ABCF put in development in February, is a comedic hour described as "Revenge meets Ugly Betty.” It’s about a young girl whose incredibly wealthy mother is killed in an… Read

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David Muir Moderates “Virtual Audience” With Pope Francis For ABC News

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ABC evening news anchor David Muir today moderated a "virtual audience" with Pope Francis at the Vatican, ahead of his trip to the U.S. next month. Pope Francis spoke simultaneously, via satellite, to students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, congregants from a McAllen, Texas, church near the U.S.-Mexico border, and a group of homeless men and women in Los Angeles. Not coincidentally, Muir tomorrow celebrates his first anniversarsy as anchor of World News Tonig… Read

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BoulderLight And Making Film Partner On New Horror Film Label

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BoulderLight Pictures and Hong Kong-based production company Making Film Limited have announced a joint venture that will produce three new films, which Making Film will fully finance. The deal will create a new film label, “Making Horror,” that will focus on horror and thriller films with budgets in the seven figure range. Making film will serve as both investor and collaborator on these films, with director Pang Ho-Cheung, who cofounded Making Film, serving as executive… Read

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ratings Down In Week 2; Tops NFL Preseason ‘SNF’

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There was no new cable record for The Walking Dead spinoff in its second week, but there was a potentially telling victory. While its 8.2 million total viewers and 4.1 rating last night was down -18% in total viewers and -16% in adults 18-49 from its record-shattering August 23 debut that garnered 10.1 million viewers and a 4.9 rating, the second episode easily tackled the NFL and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Last season, the usually unbeatable SNF was beaten in the key de Read

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VMAs Liked By Instagram: 64M Social Interactions During MTV Broadcast

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EXCLUSIVE: MTV’s Video Music Awards led the way on Instagram last night with a total of 64 million social interactions. Those are “huge numbers,” according to a source with the social media app. For comparison’s sake, last night's VMAs generated 21.4 million tweets, which reached 11.8 million people, the Viacom-owned network boasted. Additionally, 16 million people had 39 million Facebook interactions related to the VMAs yesterday Selena Gomez dominated with the top VMA… Read

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Stephen Colbert Gets Political, Booking Supreme Court Justice, UN Secretary-General, Bernie Sanders

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Further illustrating how little difference there will be between CBS’ Late Show host Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central late-night host Stephen Colbert, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be Colbert’s guest during his second week hosting on the CBS program. While some are speculating it’s the first time a current Supreme Court justice has been a guest on a network late-night show, it’s not so new for Colbert. In January 2012, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul… Read

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‘Go With Me’ Clip: Ray Liotta Menaces Anthony Hopkins In Rural Fable

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Channeling a vibe that feels at home with something like Winter’s Bone, Enderby Entertainment's Go With Me paints a bleak picture of blue collar life in a small town where a local strongman holds sway over the community. The film follows “Lillian”, a young woman who has recently returned home to the logging town she came from, where she becomes the subject of severe harassment by ex-cop turned local crimelord “Blackaway”, who runs the town without restraint. Foresaken by… Read

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‘Under The Dome’ To End After 3 Seasons

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Under The Dome, the series that ushered in a new business model for original summer scripted series on CBS and helped blur the lines between in and off-season with big premiere ratings, is ending its run. The upcoming Season 3 finale on September 10 will serve as a series finale as CBS has opted not to order a fourth season. The cancellation of Under The Dome bodes well for CBS’ other bubble summer drama, Extant, whose renewal chances have now significantly improved. (CBS… Read

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Fox Searchlight Hires Universal Exec Anikah McLaren As SVP Production

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Anikah McLaren, in the NBCUniversal fold for the past 12 years first at Focus Features and then as VP Production and Development at Universal Pictures, has been tapped as SVP Production at Fox Searchlight. "Anikah's intelligence, background and breadth of knowledge across all genres make her a perfect fit for our eclectic taste and commitment to stellar filmmaking," said Searchlight President of Production Claudia Lewis, to whom she will report. "We are thrilled to… Read

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Broadway Box Office Wilts Overall, While Ballet’s Misty Copeland Leaps In Debut

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Broadway box office wilted by about 3% to $21.7M during last week’s dog days, with only a few shows breezing through the summer heat. The arrival of ballet star Misty Copeland to On The Town, in her Broadway debut, sent the show’s box office leaping over its previous week by $519K for a total of $914K. That’s still just about 51% of gross $1.8M potential but a big show of confidence for the star. Hamilton continued its winning streak, boosting its take by $92K to $1.5M… Read

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Bonnie Hammer Talks Frankly About Growing Older As A Woman In Hollywood

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group chairperson Bonnie Hammer recently turned 65, and to commemorate the milestone, she’s penned a frank and enlightening op/ed for Fortune Magazine on being older and female in Hollywood. It touches on a topic that has been the subject of much debate lately as studies suggest that the film and TV industry is still not very welcoming to women of any age behind the scenes and not very kind to women over 50 in front of it. In her essay… Read