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CBS Buys Dan Kopelman Guy Comedy

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CBS has put in development a comedy written by Dan Kopelman (Rules Of Engagement, Malcolm In The Middle), which he is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment for Warner Bros. TV.  The untitled multi-camera project revolves around four best friends from college who are still living together as bachelors 10 years after graduation. This marks the latest collaboration between Kopelman and Kaplan. Last season, they sold a comedy spec by Kopelman with… Read

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Adam Rodriguez Joins ‘The Night Shift’ As Recurring

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Adam Rodriguez (Magic Mike, CSI: Miami) has booked a major recurring role on NBC drama series The Night Shift. Rodriguez is set for a minimum of five episodes in Season 2, which begins production November 10 in Albuquerque, NM. Rodriguez will play Dr. Joey Chavez, the newly hired night call trauma surgeon at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. He is an Air Force vet that served in Iraq whose personal experiences have led him to investigate his cases with an Eastern medicine… Read

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Kelly Kulchak Named Head Of Current Programming For DreamWorks Animation TV

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Kelly Kulchak has been named head of current programming at the TV division of DreamWorks Animation. In the newly created post, Kulchak will supervise the day-to-day production of all series, which totals nearly 1,200 episodes of original animated television content. She joins DreamWorks Animation as it prepares to unveil two new series, All Hail King Julien and VeggieTales In The House, by the end of the year. Prior to joining DreamWorks, Kulchak served as president and… Read

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Tory Kittles Moves To ‘The Colony'; Kevin Rahm In ‘Bates Motel’

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Tory Kittles (Bessie) has landed a series regular role on The Colony, the USA Network drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. Written and executive produced by Cuse and Ryan Condal, The Colony is a family drama/thriller about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious "foreign" occupation. Kittles will play Broussard, a strong but kind man with a hidden past and a double life. Juan José Campanella will direct the pilot which is being co-produced by Legendary Television and UCP… Read

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Starz Plunders ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’ For Domestic Theaters & Pay TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Starz has locked up North American rights to the action-adventure pic about a gang of Viking marauders marooned in a hostile land. The deal for Northmen: A Viking Saga covers all platforms in the U.S. and Canada including theatrical, followed by an exclusive premium cable run on Starz networks. Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, Charlie Murphy, James Norton, Ed Skrein, Anatole Taubman and Johan Hegg star in the pic, which sees the Northmen shipwrecked off the… Read

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Redbox Says Weak Film Slate Weighed On Q3 Earnings

RedBox DVD Rental Kiosks Involved In Pricing Dispute With Film Studios

With its kiosk DVD rental business in the doldrums, Redbox parent Outerwall reported uninspiring results for Q3 - as it promised better times ahead due in part to belt-tightening and share repurchases. The company, formerly known as Coinstar, generated $17.9M in net income, down 78.4%, on revenues of $552.9M, -5.7%. Analysts expected the top line to hit $562.2M. Earnings were complicated by several one-time events. The share price rose less than 1% in post market… Read

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‘The McCarthys’ Review: Dominic Patten On CBS’ Seen-It-Before Comedy

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It was a long, twisting road getting The McCarthys on the air, but just maybe they should have taken more time. As my video reviews says, the CBS sitcom of a sports-obsessed Irish-American family in Boston feels like something you've seen before, a lot. Created by Boston native and Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys stars Tyler Ritter as the openly gay son given the chance to work as assistant to his basketball coach father, despite the protests of his… Read

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‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ Renewed By NBC Stations

Vieira, the show’s original air-traffic controller, left the program in 2006 to replace Katie Couric on NBC’s 'Today.' More recently, she debuted last week as host of daytime syndicated talk show 'Meredith'.

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution's The Meredith Vieira Show has become the first freshman syndicated talk show to get picked up for Season 2 as its launch group, the NBC Owned Television Stations, has renewed it. As was the case with Katie Couric's Katie and The Queen Latifah Show, the renewal was pretty much a formality as the high-profile talkers had been sold in mostly two-year deals. Meredith is a member of a solid freshman class of syndication entries… Read

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FX Developing Sci-Fi Comedy From ‘Super Fun Night’ Trio

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FX has put in development Daedalus 6, a science fiction comedy set in the distant future written by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (1600 Penn). The two are executive producing with Michael Showalter, with whom they worked together on ABC's Super Fun Night, and Jonathan Stern of Abominable Pictures. Hernandez and Samit are currently writing Warner Brothers' Gilligan's Island movie reboot with 1600 Penn star Josh Gad. Showalter just wrapped his Red Crown feature Hello My Name… Read

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World Series Game 7 Ratings Surge, ‘Stalker’ Down, ‘Black-ish’ & ‘The 100′ Up – UPDATE

2014 World Series Game 7: San Francisco Giants v. Kansas City Royals

UPDATE, 2:34 PM: The final score for the final game of the 2014 World Series is in - and it's a nice number off the bat. Going to a somewhat rare Game 7, the otherwise struggling fall classic saw the San Francisco Giants win over the Kansas City Royals go up to 6.6/20 rating among adults 18-49. That's a rocket launch 88% rise over the 3.5 demo result that Game 6 got on October 28. It's also a 15% jump from the fast nationals of earlier today. Viewershipwise, the 2014… Read

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Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website

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Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentubea site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product… Read

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Zoe Lister-Jones Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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20th Century Fox TV is holding on to Friends With Better Lives co-star Zoe Lister-Jones in a major way. The studio has signed the indie movie actress-screenwriter in a deal that includes a substantial talent hold with a premium script commitment for her and her writing/producing partner Daryl Wein to develop a project for Lister-Jones to star and Wein to direct. Lister-Jones played one of the six leads on the CBS comedy FWBL, which was produced by 20th TV. The studio has… Read

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