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Eva Longoria Joins Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria has been tapped for a three-episode arc on the upcoming second season of Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Longoria will play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches Jake's (Andy Samberg) attention when she faces off against him in court. Season 2 of the Golden Globe-winning series, set in the NYPD's 99th Precinct in Brooklyn, picks up with Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) finding himself face-to-face with his longtime nemesis… Read

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DigiTour Adds Two Execs, Investors Guy Oseary, Ben Silverman, Allen DeBevoise

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DigiTour Media, the live-event company specializing in concerts and events featuring prominent YouTube and Vine video creators, has named Erick Nordan as its chief financial officer and Diego Prats as chief growth officer, with both to be based in Los Angeles and report to CEO Meridith Valiando Rojas. The company also added to its roster of prominent entertainment-industry investors, with capital from music manager Guy Oseary (Madonna, U2), former NBC Entertainment… Read

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AMC Renews ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ For Second Season

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AMC has ordered a second season of the drama Halt and Catch Fire for 2015. The series, about the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, was not a breakout, opening with soft 1.2 million viewers and a 0.34 demo rating, but attracted what the network said was a committed core audience. The renewal is not about what the series has done but about what AMC brass think it could become. "This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break… Read

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Mark Burnett & Roma Downey Producing Guardian Angels Drama For NBC

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Roma Downey became a household name with her role on CBS' Touched By An Angel as an angel bringing guidance and messages from God to people in trouble. Now she is producing another drama series project about angels helping mortals, this time at NBC. Downey and husband/producing partner Mark Burnett have brought to NBC a drama script written by John J. Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart (Boston Public). Tentatively titled Unveiled, the drama revolves around a group of guardian… Read

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FX’s ‘Partners’ Hits New Low, Back Order Unlikely

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Facing formidable preseason Monday Night Football on ESPN and a rising Hotel Hell on Fox last night, FX's Partners fell to its lowest result yet last night. Make that limbo lows for the struggling Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence sitcom. In its third week, the 10/90 series from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury drew just 380,000 total viewers for its 9 PM broadcast and 450,000 for its 9:30 PM airing. That's a drop of 55% among total viewers from last week's 9 PM show and… Read

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Ellen Pompeo To Produce Cop Drama For ABC

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EXCLUSIVE: Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is expanding her relationship with ABC on the producing side. The network has put in development a female-led crime drama from Pompeo's Calamity Jane banner. ABC Studios, where the company has a first-look deal, is producing. Written and executive produced by Andy Stern, the untitled drama centers on Keira Burke, a young, Boston-area cop, gravely wounded in the line of duty. Six years later, she's returned to the force as a… Read

Film

Matthew Weiner On Directing His 2nd Film: “Everyone Always Knew This Was An Independent Film”

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After several cast changes and an eight-year journey to the screen, Matthew Weiner's feature directorial Are You Here finally made its Hollywood premiere last night at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. This Friday, Millennium Entertainment will unspool the film, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, in limited theaters as well as on DVD. “Like most of what I do, this is a genre-less film,” Weiner told the audience before the projector rolled, “Laugh where… Read

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News Network Ratings Leap As Autopsy Report Triggers More Violence In Ferguson

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Covering the outrage and violence in Ferguson, MO in the wake of Michael Brown's death has boosted cable news network numbers. Fox News Channel continued to control primetime in overall audience Monday, with its numbers boosted to 2.136 million viewers - up 16% compared to same day last year's 1.834 million. CNN logged less than half that crowd, though its 1.027 million primetime viewers was a 123% jump from same day last year's anemic 460,000 viewers. MSNBC's 854,000… Read

Awards

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45 Years – Internet Kills Iconic Print Paperback

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Another print icon bites the dust.  Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers' guide which started in 1969 under the title TV MOVIES. But in recent years the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out on September 2nd is the last and that will be bad news… Read

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Universal & Legendary Date ‘Krampus,’ ‘Spectral'; Open Road Shifts ‘Nightcrawler’

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Universal Pictures has set a 2015 date for horror comedy Krampus, the Christmas-set flick to be directed by Trick 'R Treat's Michael Dougherty. The yuletide frightener co-written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields is based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes wicked children – a really bad Santa. Producers are Legendary's Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia. Krampus will hit theaters Wednesday, November 25, 2015 just in time to go up against… Read

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Good Deed Entertainment Taps Myrl Schreibman As President Of Production

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Myrl Schreibman has been named President of Production at Good Deed Entertainment. Schreibman joins the company with a background that includes producing and directing feature films, television and the Broadway stage. Feature credits include the Saturn Award-winning The Clonus Horror and Hunters Blood. Los Angeles-based GDE is run by Founder and CEO Scott Donley, President and COO Leonard Shapiro, and now Schreibman. Meanwhile, GDE says it has closed a domestic TV deal… Read

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FXX’s ‘Wilfred’ Series Finale Hits Season High

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After four seasons, it really was all about a man and a degenerate dog and a big reveal teased in the very first show. Hitting a season high for its last 10-episode run, the August 13 series finale of Wilfred was a long way from its 2011 debut. For one thing, the series starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann started on FX and ended on FXX. For another, Wilfred's debuted to 2.5 million viewers on June 25, 2011, and ended its first season that September 8 with a total audience… Read

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