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CBS Will Stay On Dish Through The Weekend As Carriage Talks Continue – Update

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UPDATED: 4:01 PM: Fear not, Dish subscribers hoping to watch the Thanksgiving Day Bears-Lions NFL game with family rather than, you know, talking to them: CBS is staying on the satellite service for the holiday. The network issued a statement this afternoon saying that its deadline for a carriage deal with Dish has been extended again amid ongoing talks. The extension means Dish subscribers also can watch CBS' slate of Sunday NFL games. “A short-term extension into next… Read

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Matt Barr Joins TNT’s Drug-Trade Pilot; Katie Sarife In ‘The Michelle Knight Story’

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Matt Barr (Parkland) has booked a lead role in in TNT's Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Barr, repped by UTA and Luber Roklin, will play Julius Jackson, the lifelong best friend of Bobby (Michael Stahl-David) and now his loyal partner in crime… Read

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‘Cake’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Feels The Pain And Shows It

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Jennifer Aniston doesn't wear any makeup in her latest film — save for scars and other disfigurements. The former Friend and rom-com regular takes a right turn with Cake, playing a woman suffering with chronic pain who carries plenty of emotional hurt as well. After a member of her support group commits suicide, Aniston's Claire hopes to find salvation by inserting herself into the lives of the late woman's husband and son. Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington… Read

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‘State Of Affairs’ Ratings Fall On Night Of Ferguson Decision, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ & ‘Scorpion’ Steady, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Down – Update

President Obama Makes Statement On Grand Jury Decision On Ferguson Shooting

UPDATE, 3:31 PM: The final numbers are in, and State Of Affairs took a hard fall from grace in its second week. With a 1.5/4 and the context of a 15-minute presidential pre-emption, the Katherine Heigl-led series was down 31%. That context means Week 3 will be a big hurdle for the NBC show performance-wise. As it is, this Monday was not kind to NBC at all. The Voice (2.6/7) was down a tenth from this morning's scrambled fast nationals and 16% from last week to hit a… Read

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Fox News Tops Ferguson Decision Viewership; CNN Wins Demo

Grand Jury Decision Reached In Ferguson Shooting Case

The grand jury may have been singular in its decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, but cable news viewers made a split verdict. With an audience of 7.26 million watching during the 9 PM ET hour, Fox News Channel was the most viewed cable news network when St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch revealed if Wilson would be indicted for shooting Brown this summer. FNC had 1 million more viewers than CNN for the much… Read

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‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff

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Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise's winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich. Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cu… Read

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‘Glee’s Chris Colfer Inks New Five-Book Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children's fiction franchise he launched with 2012's The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell. That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title… Read

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Regina King To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘Pariah'; Daisy Betts Joins ‘Childhood’s End’ On Syfy

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Regina King (Southland) is set for a starring role opposite Bill Burr in FX comedy pilot Pariah. Co-created by It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia writer-producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin and directed by Sunny creator Rob McElhenney, Pariah centers on Joe Abbott (Burr), a volatile TV personality who is exiled from show business after an on-air meltdown and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. King, repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino… Read

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Joel McHale To Produce E! Pilot About Snarky Web Comments

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The Internet is known for eliciting mean comments from people. Now they will be showcased in a potential show on E! The cable network has given a green light to Comments Section, a pilot executive produced by Joel McHale that marks the first project under the The Soup host and executive producer's new producing deal with E! It will star comedian Michael Kosta and focus on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites. McHale and his Free Period producing… Read

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‘Pan’ Teaser: Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara In Peter Pan Origin Tale

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Joe Wright's take on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan lore doesn't hit theaters until July 17 but a first teaser has dropped via Warner Bros. The fantasy actioner retells the tale of an orphan boy snatched from turn-of-the-century London and transported to a magical land ruled by a moustache-twirling pirate. Pan stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and youngster Levi Miller as Peter in the Black Listed origin tale scripted by Jason… Read

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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director On Serkis, Weta: The Contenders

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Matt Reeves, director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, talks with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Digital transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders. The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.  Mark Bomback… Read

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Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon To Star In ‘Big Little Lies’ Limited Series, Penned By David E. Kelley

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In the highest-profile limited series package to hit the marketplace since Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective, which had Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson attached, Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in Big Little Lies, a limited series, which is being written by Emmy winner David E Kelley. The project is based on the book of the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty. It is described as a subversive comedy which tells the tale of… Read

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