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Disney XD Greenlights Hidden-Camera Comedy Pilot ‘Epic Offenders’

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Disney XD has given a pilot green light to Epic Offenders, a single-camera comedy that combines unscripted hidden camera pranks with live-action scripted comedy. Adam Small (Mad TV, Jamie Kennedy Experiment) and Trevor Moore (Whitest Kids U Know) penned the pilot and Tom Gianas (Tenacious D) is directing. Newcomer Cody Veith stars as Chance, the charismatic leader of a team of four young pranksters, known as “The Epic Offenders,” who host a fictitious popular online… Read

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Rockmond Dunbar Cast In Hulu Series ‘The Way’

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Rockmond Dunbar is set to co-star opposite Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan in the Hulu original drama series The Way from Jason Katims' True Jack Prods. Created by Jessica Goldberg, The Way examines a couple, Eddie (Paul) and Sarah Cleary (Monaghan) at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. Dunbar will play… Read

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‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit Overturned By Appeals Court

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In a decision that Hollywood has been waiting for months to hear, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today threw the Black Swan intern case on its head by vacating an earlier judgment in favor of two interns who worked on the Darren Aronofsky-directed film. The hearing on the appeal of District Judge William Paley III’s ruling of 2-years ago was held on January 30 this year. The original 2011 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight set the stage for a slew of intern class actions… Read

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‘I Can Do That’ Renewed For Second Season By NBC

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We have the first renewal of a new broadcast summer series this year: NBC has ordered an eight-episode second installment of competition variety series I Can Do That. In the six-episode first season, won by Nicole Scherzinger, six celebrities competed in trying new skills. "This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations and they rose to the occasion each week," said NBC’s Paul Telegdy. "We are thrilled to bring… Read

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ First Full Trailer: Camp Firewood Is Officially Open

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Netflix has dropped the first full trailer and key art (see below) for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, the prequel series to the cult hit 2001 pic. The aptly titled eight-episode series starts with the first day of camp in 1981. We get the first look at new cast additions Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm and Jason Schwartzman along with returning stars from the movie, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina… Read

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Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant Finds New Home On Reelz

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Dumped by NBC and Univision over Donald Trump's remarks about "rapists" immigrants, the Miss USA beauty pageant will still be televised out of Baton Rouge on July 12 after all thanks to some new friends in cable. In a deal with the Trump co-owned Miss Universe Organization, Reelz has picked up exclusive rights. "The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it… Read

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Univision Files For IPO & Extends Televisa Deal

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Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., has filed for an IPO of Class A Common Stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The IPO has been valued at an initial $100 million, although this figure — used for calculating fees — is likely to rise. The filing is the first step toward the actual initial public offering later this year. The company also said it had extended a broadcasting agreement with Televisa until at least 2030. Televisa will… Read

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review

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UPDATE Thursday AM with more performance information: Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the first of just three performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors (Thursday’s matinee and evening shows are nearly sold out). It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part… Read

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BBC Cuts More Than 1,000 Jobs In Restructuring Gambit To Fix Budget Gap

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BBC director general Tony Hall said today that the public broadcaster will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs as part of a restructure caused by a $234 million gap in license-fee income for 2016-2017. The shortfall in revenues has been blamed on more people using iPlayer, mobiles and online catch-up, leading to an unexpected fall in the the number of households owning televisions. Most of the cuts are expected to come from professional and support areas with management costs… Read

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Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010

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OK, maybe there really is some truth in the idea that if you put it out there to the universe it will happen. In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg, as you can see in the video here. “Man, I just got a text message,” Pratt says, as he looks down at his phone. “From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying,” he… Read

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David Kennedy Dies: TV Producer & Former Talent Agent Was 73

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David Kennedy, veteran TV producer and former talent agent, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles from complications from knee replacement surgery, according to a statement from FX Productions. He was 73. Kennedy was under a first-look development deal with FX Prods at the time of his death, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years, according to the network. Among his projects were How To Survive A Plague, which he was developing with David France… Read

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‘Hannibal’ Releases Cast As Show Continues To Look For New Home

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Ten days after NBC cancelled Hannibal, the series no longer has its cast under contract. I hear that starting today, stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are free agents, and they are already fielding film and TV offers. Their options expired last night and were not extended by Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television. Still, the independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered… Read