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Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot

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Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network. Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read

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Ben Bradlee Dead At 93, Washington Post Editor During Watergate Era — Update

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Update, 6:18PM: President Barack Obama reacts to Ben Bradlee's death with the following statement: “For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy.  A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped… Read

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PBS Names Don Wilcox VP Digital Marketing and Services

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Online marketing veteran Don Wilcox will join PBS' digital team next week, working under Ira Rubenstein, the recently named SVP and GM of PBS Digital. Wilcox will oversee PBS.org and PBS Digital Studios, and oversee programs that help the public broadcaster's local affiliates drive membership. Wilcox was most recently VP and General Manager of Branded Entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw operations and strategy for Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and TheXFactorUSA.com. Like… Read

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CNN Florida Governor’s Race Debate: No Fan, Much Hot Air

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"Everybody comfortable here?" Jake Tapper asked impishly of Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Rick Scott at the start of tonight's debate in a Jacksonville TV studio. It was a reference to the last time the two men squared off, when there was a “flap over a fan and viewers were blown away!” as CNN Voiceover Guy said breathlessly tonight in the minutes leading up to tonight's CNN-hosted square-off. Sadly, for casual viewers of political debates, the fun… Read

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Greg Garcia To Produce NBC Comedy With Sebastian Maniscalco Eyed To Star

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My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia is back at NBC with a new comedy project he is executive producing through his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos De Garcia Productions. It is inspired by the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco who is expected to star. Written by Austen Earl, writer-producer on Garcia's CBS series The Millers, and produced by CBS Studios, the untitled comedy follows newlywed Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a… Read

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Lead Daisy Ridley Signs With CAA

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EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Daisy Ridley, the up and coming young actress who is the female lead in the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. The plan is for her character to carry through the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson. Ridley appeared in several TV series in London before she was set for the next batch of Star Wars at Disney, following a worldwide casting search. There was a stampede by agencies back then, and she first… Read

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‘Bachelor Party’ Comedy Series Inspired By Movie Set At ABC As Put Pilot

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Bachelor Party, a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 movie, has landed at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling produced the film, and two 20th TV-based companies, Jason Winer's Small Dog Picture Co. and The Walcott Co., , the shingle of New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. Co-created by another New Girl duo, writer-producers JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, Bachelor Pa… Read

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Layer3 TV Taps Lindsay Gardner To Lead Programming And Content Acquisition

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EXCLUSIVE: A lot of in-the-know media folks have their eyes on Layer3 TV, even though they can't really describe the maddeningly opaque firm that calls itself a “next-generation cable provider.” But here's something new: It will launch next year - and it just hired former Fox Networks President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing Lindsay Gardner to chair its Content Advisory Board. Prior to joining Fox he was executive director of programming for Cox Communications, and… Read

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NBC Cameraman Declared Ebola-Free; Tries To Rescue Nancy Snyderman From Self-Inflicted Career Disaster — UPDATE

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NBC's freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, officially declared Ebola free this afternoon by experts at the Nebraska Medical Center biocontainment unit, celebrated by attempting today to rescue the network's chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman from the career-nuking situation she created when she violated the voluntary quarantine she'd agreed to, on-air.: Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each… Read

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‘American Dad!’ Moves to TBS; 2.5 Million Follow

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TBS's American Dad! premiere kicked off Monday night with 2.5 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere on TBS and encore presentation on Adult Swim. That made it basic cable's most-watched entertainment program for the night. The show also topped last night's charts among basic cable entertainment programs in key demos, drawing more than 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34. Breaking it down: TBS's 9 PM premiere telecast drew 1.1… Read

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Julie Anne Robinson Sells Drama With Shondaland, ‘No Angels’ Comedy Adaptation With Amblin To ABC

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Director-producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory) has set up two projects at ABC through her pod deal with ABC Studios — drama The Long Game, for which Robinson's Canny Lads Productions has teamed with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' ABC Studios-based Shondaland; and a single-camera comedy adaptation of the praised British dramedy No Angels, on which Robinson has partnered with Amblin TV. Robinson is directing and executive producing. The Long Game is written by Jennifer… Read

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Sports And Domestic Violence

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Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television's Law & Order: SVU that we have come to expect and love. This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman's character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled "Spousal… Read

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