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Cult Hit Animated Series ‘Adventure Time’ To End In 2018

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Prepare to bid a fond farewell to bacon pancakes. Cartoon Network announced today that its Peabody- and Emmy-winning animated series Adventure Time will be ending in 2018 — eight years and 71 hours of programming after it began. Adventure Time content will continue to debut on Cartoon Network over the next two years, including specials, miniseries and the ninth and final season. The Pendleton Ward-created series centers on the post-apocalyptic adventures of Finn the Human… Read

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National Amusements Urges CBS And Viacom To Consider An All Stock Merger

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National Amusements just released the expected letter it sent to directors of CBS and Viacom today urging them to consider a merger. The note from Sumner and Shari Redstone, who control National Amusements, says a recombination of the companies that were separated a decade ago would enable them to “respond even more aggressively and effectively to the challenges of the changing entertainment and media landscape.” National Amusements owns 80% of the voting shares at both… Read

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BBC WW Ups Stake In Lookout Point; Factory 42 Launches With VR ‘Giselle’

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BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in British drama producer Lookout Point from 35% to 49% with an option to take full ownership at a future date. Lookout Point, run by Chairman Simon Vaughan and his co-CEO Faith Penhale, was founded in 2009 and has become a leader in global drama financing. The company recently teamed with The Weinstein Co and the BBC on epic miniseries War And Peace. Its other credits include period crime series Ripper Street and Benedict… Read

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UTA Vs. CAA Agent-Poaching Lawsuit: Judge Officially Hits Pause Button

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EXCLUSIVE: The lawyers on both sides were starting to sweat a bit, but nearly a month after almost formally ruling on whether to halt the court battle between the uber-agencies over the spring 2015 poaching of  five senior CAA comedy agents and many of their clients by UTA, the judge has now made her move — and its 2-0 for CAA in what is still a very fluid situation. L.A. Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman finally ruled Tuesday to pause the open court case against UTA and… Read

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Fox Buys ‘The Underlings’ Legal Dramedy From ‘Hart of Dixie’ Creator

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Fourteen years after the end of Ally McBeal, Fox is returning to the legal dramedy arena with another female-centered young ensemble. The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Underlings, from Hart of Dixie creator producer Leila Gerstein and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written/executive produced by Gerstein, The Underlings is set at a corporate law firm fueled by greed where a group of beleaguered, hapless assistants, led by a plucky… Read

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Andrea Tantaros’ Shrink Backs Sexual Harassment Claims Against Roger Ailes & Fox News

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The battle between former The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros and Fox News Channel and Roger Ailes just took a detour from the courts to the shrink's couch and back again today. In filings her lawyer Wednesday to stop the multimillion-dollar sexual harassment suit against the cable news giant, its former boss and its current brass from going to arbitration, Tantaros' psychologist says she knew about the alleged bad behavior at FNC for years. "In 2014, Andrea told me about… Read

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ABC Nabs Political Family Comedy Starring Felicity Huffman From Kenya Barris & Vijal Patel With Big Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest half-hour sales so far this season, ABC has landed a family comedy from Black-ish creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has Emmy winner Felicity Huffman attached to star and executive produce. The single-camera project about a politically divided family hails from ABC Studios, where Barris and Patel are under overall deals. The big commitment, a rarity for a deal between a studio and its… Read

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‘Angry Birds’ Helmer Clay Kaytis Aligned With Amblin’s ‘The Lunch Witch’

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EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has acquired Deb Lucke’s YA novel The Lunch Witch, with Angry Birds co-director Clay Kaytis attached to make his live-action directing debut. Michael De Luca is producing. They will set a writer quickly. The setup: For generations and generations, the women of Grunhilda’s family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that… Read

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‘The Magicians’ Casts Christopher Gorham; ‘Outcast’ Adds C. Thomas Howell

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Covert Affairs alum Christopher Gorham is set for a recurring role on the second season of Syfy’s The Magicians. Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin (Jason Ralph), a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Gorham will play Sen. John Gaines, who discovers he's in possession of unusual abilities. Gorham is in post-production on… Read

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Nancy Travis Cast In ‘Bernard And Huey’; Jonathan Baker To Co-Star In ‘Inconceivable’

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Nancy Travis has been tapped as the lead in Bernard and Huey, written by Pulitzer-winning satirist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer. Based on Feiffer’s comic strip characters, the Dan Mirvish-directed pic follows two old friends and a woman who complicates their lives. Travis will play Mona, a stylish, decisive, opinionated and brutally honest editor at a New York publishing house. She stars as the matriarch opposite Tim Allen on ABC’s Last Man Standing, whose sixth season p… Read

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‘NCIS’ Current & Former Cast & Crew Remember Gary Glasberg: “Our Rock, Our Cheerleader, Our Team Captain” – Update

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UPDATED with additional reaction: It is a day of mourning on the sets of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans where the casts and crews are trying to come to grips with the devastating news about the sudden death of the series’ executive producer Gary Glasberg. Here is the statement released on behalf of the actors and crew members of mothership NCIS, on which Glasberg served as showrunner, followed by messages by current and former cast members of the venerable drama series. Gary… Read