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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

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On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonso is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… Read

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‘Married’s Kimiko Glenn Joins ‘Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires ‘Gueros’

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Kimiko Glenn, who has a recurring role on FX’s Married and appears in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black, has joined the Lionsgate feature Nerve, co-starring with Emma Roberts ​​and Dave Franco. Glenn plays the worried friend of a high school senior (Roberts) who’s enmeshed in an increasingly dangerous online game of dare. The project is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and produced by Allison Shearmur (Cinderalla). Her Orange Is The New Black character is… Read

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‘The Brink’ Trailer: HBO’s New Geopolitical Comedy

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HBO’s The Brink drops Jack Black into Pakistan where he plays a foreign service officer, one of secretary of state Tim Robbins’ minions on the ground amid an escalating geopolitical crisis. The unlikely trio of Black, Robbins and ace fighter pilot played by Pablo Schreiber will need to pull together to prevent the chaos from spiraling into World War III. Did we mention this is a comedy? HBO is rolling out The Brink and another rookie comedy following the season premiere… Read

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ESPN Says Verizon FiOS Contracts Don’t Permit Separate Sports Packages – Update

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UPDATE, 7:23PM: ESPN has thrown up a red flag to Verizon’s plan to allow FiOS TV subscribers to choose smaller “skinny” packages of programming bundles tailored a little more closely to individual consumer tastes — including splitting off ESPN and ESPN2 into sports bundles. The Re/code website reported late this afternoon that the Disney-owned sports network asserted that Verizon’s new packages “would not be authorized by our existing agreements. Among other issues, our… Read

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Deadline Studio @ Tribeca Film Festival Day Two: Olivia Wilde, Dakota Fanning, Theo James And More

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Day Two at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival started off with a visit from Olivia Wilde, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins and director Reed Morano of the family drama Meadowland, quickly followed by Nick Sandow (this time in the director's seat) and Vincent Piazza, who are promoting their mob pic, The Wannabe, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Photographer Drew Wiedemann had a full slate today, especially when the cast and crew of Emilie arrived… Read

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Sterling K. Brown To Play Christopher Darden In ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’

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FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has cast another key player in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Army Wives alum Sterling K. Brown has been cast as prosecutor Christopher Darden in the miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the… Read

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Vincent Bollore Consolidates Grip Over Vivendi, Now Poised To Create Global Media Giant

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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore emerged victorious at the French media giant’s annual meeting, seeing off a shareholder rebellion and winning a battle over double voting rights that will allow him to move forward with his vision of turning Vivendi into a global player. The billionaire businessman, who has tightened his grip over Vivendi in recent weeks by nearly tripling his stake in the company to 14.5% in the space of less than two months, was presiding over his first… Read

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short ‘SMILF’ To Be Developed As Showtime Comedy

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner SMILF is headed to television, with some big-name producers on board. Showtime has put in development a half-hour comedy based on Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short with Shaw set to write, direct, star and executive produce. Developed by Shaw and Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, SMILF examines the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to LA as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom. The prolific… Read

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Isabelle Fuhrman Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’

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She is all grown up! As Masters of Sex fast forwards another half-decade to 1966 in Season 3, the Showtime drama has cast Isabelle Fuhrman in a major recurring role as Virginia Johnson’s daughter Tessa. Set in 1966, Season 3 of Masters of Sex finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and… Read

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‘Modern Family’ Writer-Producer Vali Chandrasekaran Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

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Modern Family co-executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy. Under the pact, Chandrasekaran will continue as co-executive producer on Modern Family next season and will be promoted to executive producer the following season, working under creators/executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan. Chandrasekaran joined Modern Family at the beginning of this… Read

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Spike TV Teams With Jerry Bruckheimer Television For ‘Harvest’ Drama

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Spike TV has put in development Harvest, a drama series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television. The project, part of Spike’s expansion into scripted programming, marks the cable network’s first collaboration with a major studio. (Warner Horizon is the cable division of Warner Bros TV.) Harvest, which originally was set up at A&E in 2013, is written by Ian Sobel & Matt Morgan (12 Monkeys, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). It centers on a mild-mannered… Read

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PILOT SEASON 2015: Early Buzz Edition

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As we already pointed out, pilots have been very late this season from the very start, with late pickups and prolonged casting leading to late production and compressed post-production. That also has led to a delay in the pilot buzz this year, with sketchy feedback at best as many pilots are yet to be tested, seen by network executives or even completed, with multiple comedies still taping this week, explaining the limited titles mentioned here. As I always say, take all… Read