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Three More CAA Agents Join UTA – UPDATE

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On the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more, with the final tally of CAA agent departures going as high up as 12-13. Sacks, Fox and Scott were among the names speculated about today as… Read

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‘House of Lies’ Renewed For Fifth Season By Showtime

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On the heels of House Of Lies‘ fourth-season finale on Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season to air in 2016. The Don Cheadle-starring series joins companion dramedy Shameless, which was renewed for a sixth season in January. The third series of Showtime’s comedy-themed Q1 original lineup, half-hour Episodes, is yet to be renewed, but a pickup is expected — with the question being whether it would be Hollywood satire’s final… Read

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‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 4

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Philip and Elizabeth may keep going all the way to the end of the Cold War. FX has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of its praised 1980s Russian spy drama The Americans. The pickup comes four episodes remaining in the current third season, which will conclude with the finale on April 22. "Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The series has cemented it status with critics as… Read

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ On Netflix Sets Cheo Hodari Coker As Writer & Showrunner

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Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third series in Marvel’s four-series package at Netflix, is bringing a new Marvel character to the TV superhero ranks and a new writer-producer to the TV showrunner ranks. Ray Donovan co-executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Luke Cage. He also will build the show’s story by writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as the… Read

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‘New Girl’ Renewed For Season 5 By Fox

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Fox has given New Girl a fifth-season pickup. The network’s longest-running comedy joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the list of live-action comedy renewals. Newbie The Last Man On Earth also looks hopeful, with The Mindy Project very much on the bubble. "Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television," said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. "The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and… Read

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Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ From Apostle Gets IFC Series Order

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IFC has given an official green light to Apostle’s hockey comedy project Uncle Chubby’s, which has been given an official title, Benders. The network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of the comedy, which had been on track for a series pickup for the past couple of months. Benders follows several friends bonded by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. "Hockey knowledge not required, these guys are all about their beer and their bros,"… Read

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Emmanuelle Vaugier Joins ABC’s ‘Mistresses'; Japheth Gordon & Joey Pollari Cast In ‘Take It From Us’

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Emmanuelle Vaugier has booked a six-episode guest role on the upcoming third season of ABC's summer series Mistresses. She will play Niko, who’s tough, sexy, rocks a very distinctive style and doesn’t care what you think about it. She becomes the new mixologist at Wunderbar and a thorn in Joss’ (Jes Macallan) side. Vaugier recurs on Two And A Half Men and Canada’s Lost Girl, and her feature credits include Stepdaughter and Teen Lust. She is repped by Evolution… Read

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Casts Newcomer Hampton Fluker As Series Regular

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EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Hampton Fluker has landed a regular role opposite Jennifer Lopez on Shades Of BlueNBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. The series follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and… Read

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‘Murder In The First’ Co-Creator Eric Lodal Exits TNT Drama

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Murder In The First executive producer Eric Lodal has left the TNT crime drama series, which he co-created and co-ran with Steven Bochco. I hear the abrupt departure happened yesterday, midway through production on the show’s upcoming second season. Veteran Bochco will continue as the sole executive producer/showrunner. "We thank Eric for his good work and wish him well in his future endeavors," a TNT spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. The network would not… Read

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Ernie Hudson Cast In ‘Delores And Jermaine'; Corbin Bernsen In ‘Living On Video’, ‘Uncle Buck’ Adds Young Co-Star

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Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & JermaineWritten by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… Read

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Lolita Davidovich & David Clennon Among Cast Additions To ‘Dr. Del’ Indie Pilot

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Lolita Davidovich and David Clennon (Gone Girl) have joined the cast of Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler’s independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, inspired by Peter Hessler's New Yorker piece "Dr. Don." Written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, Dr. Del follows Del Canyon (John Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown of Isotope to run his family's apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as… Read

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Tom Wheeler Inks 2-Script Deal At Sony Pictures Television In TV Return

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After focusing exclusively on features for the past few years, writer Tom Wheeler is returning to television with a sizable two-script deal at Sony Pictures TV. The studio and Wheeler are already zeroing in on ideas for the two projects, which I hear both will likely be one-hour originals, one with horror elements and the other possibly touching upon science fiction. Wheeler wrote several projects back-to-back that went to pilot: The World According To Barnes (2007), Capta… Read