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Endemol: Reality TV Crew Was Carrying New Product, Not Fake Bomb – Update

UPDATE The device that got a reality TV crew arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last night was not a fake bomb, but a “vacuum compression luggage” device, says production company Endemol Shine North America. According to Endemol, in a statement released tonight: "On January 18, some cast and crew members of an upcoming series, 'Staten Island Hustle,' produced by Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America for air on CNBC Primetime, were detained at Newark… Read

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New Revenue Models Entice Unscripted Producers, But TV Sale Still Key — NATPE

The Toy Box

Unscripted producers and packagers are getting increasingly creative with how they involve brands in programming, but the traditional deals for multi-platform rights and formats remain the most important source of revenue. That was the consensus at a panel on revenue models on the closing day of NATPE. John Pollak, president of worldwide TV of Electus, detailed the unique deal structure with toy maker Mattel on one of the company’s breakout titles, The Toy Box on… Read

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‘Black Love’: UMC Lands SVOD Rights To OWN Docuseries

EXCLUSIVE: Last summer, Black Love became the most-watched unscripted series debut in OWN history. Now it’s ready to stream. UMC has booked exclusive SVOD rights to the show and will premiere it on February 2. Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver and Confluential Films, Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, "What does it take to make a marriage or relationship work?" Featured… Read

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HBO, ‘Real Housewives’ Among Winners At Reality Breakthrough Awards — NATPE

HBO captured two of six overall awards and Bravo’s 13-year-old Real Housewives franchise won for Best Docusoap at today’s NATPE fourth annual Reality Breakthrough Awards. “There are seven Real Housewives cities and four spinoffs and I think this is our first award in 13 years,” laughed Jerry Leo, EVP at NBCUniversal Cable, as he accepted the statuette. In perhaps the speediest awards luncheon on record, the ceremony emceed by Dan Abrams (host of the nominated Real PD on A… Read

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‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Promo: Fake-Tanned, Rested & Ready, The Gang’s All Here. Again.

Are you ready for more GTL? MTV dropped their first promo for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, the new installment of their biggest reality series which began in 2009 and fist-pumped through 2012. The whole gang is back for the revival: Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio," Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. The promo, which aired tonight during the season finale of what could… Read

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Katy Perry Says She Can Be Blunt But Not Mean On ‘American Idol’ As A Woman

Judging/mentoring on ABC's American Idol reboot is a real "pay it forward moment," says Katy Perry, who reportedly is being paid $25M to participate in the singing competition. She and Idol had been circling each other for some time before she said yes to the reboot of the series that previously aired on Fox, ending that 15-season run in 2016. Appearing at an Idol Q&A during TCA on Monday, Lionel Richie said he has been offered the opportunity to make videos or write… Read

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‘The Bachelor Winter Games’ Gets ABC Airdate Opposite Olympics

ABC has set a February 13 airdate for The Bachelor Winter Games, its four-night counterprogramming to NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics. The latest iteration of the veteran reality franchise will kick off during the first Tuesday of the quadrennial Winter Games. In this competition, which ABC is billing as "a global celebration of unity and love,” singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges from the tony Hermitage Club resort in Vermont. Chris Harrison hosts the… Read

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‘The Four’ Is The ‘Hunger Games’ Of Singing Competition Series, Says Host Fergie

Fox’s new The Four is the Hunger Games of singing competition series, host Fergie told TV critics Thursday. Panelist Sean “Diddy” Combs, however, likened it to Game of Thrones; “You get to challenge, and if you want to cut anybody’s head off” that’s how the cookie crumbles, he explained today during the show’s TCA panel in Pasadena. He also described it as being “like a fight at the school.” “Other shows don't have that combative nature,” Combs boasted, hours before its… Read

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The Biggest TV Controversies Of 2017: From Donald Trump & Sexual Harassment To “Fake News”, The NFL — And Trump

Like the DNA test you gave your dog to learn how many noble breeds came together to create one dumb mutt, the spit test on this year's wide variety of TV controversies seem to all lead back to Donald Trump. Attacks on TV news? NFL ratings slump? Relentless march of powerful TV industry men accused of grabbing, groping, sexual assault and harassment? Trump, Trump, and Trump. Here is a look at some of the big TV controversies of 2017: #METOO RECKONINGS In October 2016… Read

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‘Survivor’ Finale Ratings Even With Last Two Season Enders; CBS Wins Slow Night

As the last day to get those last-minute presents delivered has passed and Christmas is within sight, we have a winner! Actually we have two winners: Ben Driebergen and CBS. The Idaho-born former was declared the Sole Survivor on last night's season finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers (1.9/8), and the show easily won a very uncompetitive Wednesday. At the conclusion of its 35th run and up a tenth from last week, last night's Survivor has snared exactly the… Read

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Omarosa: Robin Roberts Declared “Black Woman Civil War” After ‘GMA’ Interview

Soon-to-be-former White House staffer Omarasa Managault-Newman says ABC News’ Robin Roberts has declared “a black woman civil war” on her. And, being Omarosa, she did so via text message – to Inside Edition. It all started when ABC News’ Good Morning America snagged the first interview with the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison on Thursday morning. The White House announced Wednesday she will be leaving January 20, after resigning to "pursue… Read

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Randy Quaid Vs. Bernie Sanders For Vermont Senator Seat Is Fodder For Reality Show

EXCLUSIVE: Randy Quaid, the next senator from the Great State of Vermont? We’ll pause a moment while that concept sinks in. The veteran actor tweeted a threat/warning Thursday claiming that reps from a superPAC have approached him about running against Bernie Sanders for his U.S. Senate seat next year. And a reality show pitch about that potentially wacky race is making its way around town. Public Spectacle Media is planning an unscripted series that would follow Quaid’s… Read