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NBC Buys ‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy From ‘Superstore’ Trio

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NBC has put in development Mail Order Family, a half-hour comedy from Superstore writer-producer Jackie Clarke, director-executive producer Ruben Fleischer and executive producer David Bernad. Universal TV, where Fleischer is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written and executive produced by Clarke, Mail Order Family is loosely based on Clarke’s family. It follows a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two preteen… Read

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Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen Enroll In ‘Business Ethics’

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EXCLUSIVE: Business Ethics, the dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Know Rules Media, has set Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick and Angus Macfadyen for supporting roles in the Nick Wernham-directed pic. Starring Larenz Tate, the film is based on a short from Wernham of the same name about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Shooting will commence in October. Smith will play Magnus Hardcastle, a rich, greedy, self-confident, and self-made businessman, who works… Read

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W. Kamau Bell’s ‘United Shades of America’ Lands Season 2 Order From CNN

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United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell is returning for a second season. Eight one-hour episodes have been ordered, to debut next spring. In its first season, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award. "I couldn't be more thrilled to work with CNN on more episodes of 'United Shades of America'," Bell said in a statement, adding, "we need more platforms that demonstrate how to have productive, respectful, enlightening, and funny conversations." Network EVP Amy… Read

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Peter Berg’s ‘The Warfighters’ Gets Veterans Day Premiere On History

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History will mark Veterans Day with the premiere of its new original docuseries The Warfighters from executive producer Peter Berg and his unscripted shingle Film 45. The docuseries, hosted by Berg and veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz (The Selection: Special Operations Experiment), debuts with four back-to-back new episodes on Friday, November 11 beginning at 8 PM ET/PT. Driven by first-person accounts, the un-narrated series chronicles recent U.S. Special… Read

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Casts Amanda Brugel; Jemar Michael Joins ‘Dear White People’

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Amanda Brugel (Room) has booked a recurring role opposite Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, the upcoming straight-to-series drama based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. The series from MGM Television tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted… Read

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Late-Night TV Basks In Debate Morning-After Hangover

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Though late-night shows went live after the record-breaking first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, they took a deeper, more satisfying dive the next night, after digesting all the pundits’ postmortems. NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers marveled that Fox News’ Brit Hume described Clinton as having looked “composed, smug and not necessarily attractive,” when Trump’s face throughout “looked like someone was making a fist inside a sock puppet.” Clinton brought… Read

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National Amusements Prepares Call For Viacom-CBS Merger: Report

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Viacom shares just spiked 2.0% after Reuters reported that Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements is about to call for Viacom and CBS to explore a merger. The exhibition company, which owns 80% of the voting shares at the two media powers, will ask their boards to form independent committees to consider the advantages of a deal. That call could come this week, the news service says citing “two people familiar with the matter.” National Amusements has to handle the matter… Read

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David Mamet To Direct Movie Adaptation Of His Hollywood Play ‘Speed-The-Plow’

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EXCLUSIVE: David Mamet has stepped up to direct his scripted adaptation of Speed-The-Plow, Mamet’s scathing 1988 stage play about Hollywood. The set up: newly minted studio chief Bobby Gould, who is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gifts him with one that will enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for the competition. This leads the men to Karen, an attractive temp secretary, and a bet on who'll bed her. Turns… Read

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Former Metrodome & Little Film Co. Execs Launch Truffle Pictures

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International sales execs Caroline Couret-Delègue and Elie Mechoulam have paired up to launch new London-based sales and production outfit Truffle Pictures. Couret-Delègue previously headed up sales and acquisitions at Metrodome International, the sales arm of the UK distribution group Metrodome, which went into administration in August. Mechoulam comes from The Little Film Company, where he was director of sales and marketing. Truffle will launch its first slate at the… Read

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Jennifer Lopez To Serve As Judge & Mentor On NBC’s ‘World Of Dance’

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Jennifer Lopez has added on-screen judge and mentor to her duties as executive producer of NBC’s new dance competition series World of Dance. Additional judges have yet to be announced. The previously announced 10-episode series, from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, brings elite dancers from around the globe together to compete in battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo artists will compete against duos and crews in… Read

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‘High Maintenance’ Renewed By HBO For Season 2

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Pot-themed comedy High Maintenance’s move from the web to TV will continue. HBO has given a second-season order to the series following its strong debut on the pay cable network this month. Providing a glimpse into the homes and routines of eccentric New Yorkers, the show explores the private lives of these unique individuals through a common thread: their weed deliveryman. Ben Sinclair stars as the Guy, whose client base includes a group of characters with neuroses as… Read

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer: A Few Lessons From The Wizarding Community Of New York

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Warner Bros has conjured up the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the next big-screen take on the Wizarding World created by JK Rowling. The David Yates-directed pic is due out November 18 with Eddie Redmayne as preeminent "magizoologist" Newt Scamander. When he stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures, a whole host of havoc is wreaked on the city. Check out the latest look above. Warners has also announced a… Read