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‘Carmichael Show’ Ratings Up Strong In Week 2, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale Down From 2014, ‘MasterChef’ Steady

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Looks like NBC's second comedy experiment of the summer has paid off very nicely for the net. In its second week, The Carmichael Show saw an 18% jump among adults 18-49 for its 9 PM (1.3/4) show and an impressive 22% rise in the demo for its 9:30 PM (1.1/4) show. Not only does that almost exactly flip how Mr. Robinson did for NBC in the decline of its Week 2, but also the 9 PM result is the best any network summer comedy has done in its second week since CBS' Creature Comf… Read

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‘Narcos’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Netflix has renewed drama series Narcos for a second season. The streaming service confirmed the news today via Twitter. Coming soon. #Narcos https://t.co/elFgwjvsnj — Narcos (@NarcosNetflix) September 3, 2015 Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers on… Read

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‘Lab Rats’ & ‘Mighty Med’ Spinoff Series To Succeed The 2 Comedies On Disney XD

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Disney XD is ending two of its live-action comedy series, Lab Rats and Mighty Med while extending both franchises with a new spinoff series that brings together some of the most popular characters from both shows. The network has given a straight-to-series order for Lab Rats: Elite Force, which will feature Lab Rats‘ Billy Unger and Kelli Berglund reprising their roles as Chase and Bree, and Mighty Med‘s Bradley Steven Perry (Kaz), Jake Short (Oliver) and Paris Berelc… Read

Alan Glazer, Former Atlas Exec, Will Produce Under New Trimax Media Shingle

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Glazer, former EVP at Atlas Entertainment, said today he’s launched Trimax Media to develop feature films, television, digital content and applications. The company has an overhead deal with a private equity investor and a production financing alliance with Toronto-based Dominant Entertainment, led by financier Michael Gianfriddo. This strategic initiative, per the announcement, will leverage Glazer's ability to originate, package and market films combined with the… Read

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Keith David To Star In OWN Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’

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Keith David (Community, Enlisted) will topline GreenleafOWN's megachurch drama series from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV. The straight-to-series drama focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Emmy winner David will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. He joins… Read

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‘Spotlight’ Shines; Mark Ruffalo Calls On Vatican To “Heal Wounds” With Film – Venice

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In what's been the warmest reception I’ve seen for a film this year in Venice, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight hit the Lido today, bringing awards buzz, and leaving the press corps exclaiming ‘Bellissima!’. Given this is a film whose subjects the audience knows a thing or two about — journalism and the Catholic church — the sustained press screening applause sounded a ringing endorsement for the out-of-competition title. Afterwards, McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo and Stanley… Read

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Telluride Announces Slate As Fest Helps Launch Awards Season With Keaton, Streep, Winslet, Mara & More

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The Telluride Film Festival has just officially announced the lineup for its 42nd edition beginning tomorrow and running through Labor Day. However, much of this schedule has been largely known, even though the festival swears all participants to secrecy until its big reveal just before the fest begins. Actually since their dust-up last year, the announcement of the lineup for the Toronto Film Festival (which is blasted out two to three weeks earlier than Telluride) has… Read

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Vincent Bolloré Tightens Grip On Canal Plus, Becomes Chairman And Ousts Chief Exec Bertrand Meheut

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Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré consolidated his grip on French pay TV giant Canal Plus on Thursday by naming himself chairman and also ousting long-serving chairman of the supervisory board and Canal Plus Group chief exec Bertrand Meheut in favor of Jean-Christophe Thiery. Thiery is a longtime Bolloré Group executive, having worked in the French billionaire’s media businesses for over a decade. He currently oversees assets such as the Direct Matin free daily newspaper… Read

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HBO Developing Dark Comedy ‘The Loop’ From Nancy Hower & John Lehr

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HBO has put in development The Loop, a half-hour dark comedy from 10 Items or Less co-creators Nancy Hower and John Lehr. The project is about a couple who downsizes everything and chooses to sail the Loop — a nautical course that cuts through the heart of America. All goes wrong when they become entangled in a smuggling ring. Hower and Lehr will write and executive produce. The two were behind original comedy series Quick Draw, which aired for two seasons on Hulu. They… Read

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David Axelrod Joins CNN As Senior Political Commentator

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David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, will begin as a CNN senior political commentator tomorrow, September 4; he will be unveiled on The Lead With Jake Tapper. It’s presumed this means Axelrod’s tenure as political analyst on MSNBC has come to an end. At CNN, he will add insights and analysis across CNN's domestic, digital, and international networks. CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist broke the news this morning: Thrilled to announce that @David… Read

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‘A Walk In The Woods’ Begins Its Labor Day Trek At The Box Office

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According to early morning estimates, Broad Green’s Ken Kwapis dramedy A Walk In The Woods opened to an estimated $1.06M at 1,960 theaters in its first day. Projections for the Robert Redford-Nick Nolte movie through the Monday holiday are $8M-$10M. Broad Green picked up A Walk in the Woods at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for a high seven figure P&A commitment. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling tome by Bill Bryson. Current Rotten Tomatoes score is… Read

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Cohen Media Group‎ In Tune With ‘Marguerite’ – Venice

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‎In the first U.S. acquisition of the Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has picked up competition title Marguerite. Helmed by Xavier Giannoli, the French language pic stars Catherine Frot. She plays the titular character who’s loosely based on Florence Foster Jenkins, a 1920s socialite who wanted to be an opera singer despite a distinct lack of vocal talent. It’s a popular subject right now – Stephen Frears is currently in production on Florence Foster Jenkins… Read