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Lisa Kudrow In HBO’s ‘The Comeback': Hot Trailer (With Cameo By Deadline)

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Lisa Kudrow reprises her role as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback, which returns to HBO on November 9. The second season follows the original 2005 run that saw Cherish's formerly in-demand TV starlet agree to allow cameras follow her every move, reality-style, as she appeared in a new sitcom — with disastrous results. This time around, Cherish is cast in an HBO show, Seeing Red, and then learns she's evidently playing a “neurotic older sitcom actress” (notice the Deadline… Read


Tyra Banks Panel Talk Show To Launch In Fall 2015 On ABC Stations

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The F.A.B. (Fun And Beautiful), a Disney-ABC syndicated lifestyle show hosted by Tyra Banks, has been cleared on the ABC-owned stations for a fall 2015 launch. The ABC stations, which represent 23% of the U.S. households, have been airing local programming and acquired shows in an hour that had been taken up by Katie Couric's talk show for the last two seasons. Disney-ABC had been developing potential replacements under Lisa Hackner, who joined as EVP Daytime & Syndicated… Read


‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Soar Behind Peyton Manning’s Record-Breaking TD Pass

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There was history made on television last night and we don't mean more record-breaking The Walking Dead ratings — at least not yet. No, it was the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning throwing his 509th touchdown to break the NFL record set by Brett Favre and becoming the TD King on Sunday Night Football. Even with the Broncos' blowout 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, NBC and the NFL have to be happier than they were last Sunday. Last night's game from 8:30-11:30 PM ET… Read


‘Key & Peele’ In New Line Deal For First Joint Film, About Purloined Feline ‘Keanu’

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EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central series stars Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint film project at New Line. Titled Keanu, the film is set to start production next spring. The title refers not to the actor who played Neo in The Matrix, but rather to a kidnapped cat. Said Peele: “The movie should resonate with a large audience as almost everyone has had a house pet stolen by a street gang, right?" The pair worked together on MAD TV  and… Read


ABC Buys Bookclub Comedy From Patti Carr, Lara Olsen & Eva Longoria

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In a competitive situation, Bookclub, a half-hour comedy from former 90210 showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal, has landed at ABC with script commitment plus penalty. Said to be in the vein of ensemble comedies Bridesmaids and The Hangover, Bookclub revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a… Read


Jeffrey Schneider Leaves ABC News To Form Own Firm; Julie Townsend New Chief Of PR

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This morning, ABC News president James Goldston sent an email to staff informing them the division's PR guru Jeffrey Schneider is launching his own communications and media relations firm, Schneider Global Strategy. And, because it's ABC News, Schneider's replacement is named in the announcement — Julie Townsend: Team, I have some big news to share with all of you. Jeffrey Schneider, a key player in our news division over the past 14 years, will be founding his own firm… Read


John Oliver Casts Dogs As Supreme Court Justices — Video

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John Oliver has solved that age-old problem faced by TV News operations: how to turn Supreme Court arguments into visually arresting television. They can't actually show the justices debating —  the court does not allow cameras during oral arguments because, as Justice Scalia recently told C-Span,  the networks would just reduce their arguments to soundbites which would “not be characteristic of what we do.” To date, TV news operations have fulfilled their obligation with… Read


James Denton To Co-Star In ‘The Good Witch’ Series On Hallmark Channel

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James Denton will play a neighbor on another hourlong primetime series. The Desperate Housewives alum has been cast as a series regular opposite Catherine Bell in Hallmark Channel's upcoming 10-episode scripted series The Good Witch, based on the network's popular original movie franchise. Denton will play Cassie Nightingale's (Bell) new next-door-neighbor, a divorced doctor and single dad who stirs things up in Middleton when he discovers Cassie's signature charm is more… Read


Pitbull To Return As Host Of American Music Awards


Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull will host the American Music Awards for a second straight year. That has become a nice side career for the popular singer who also has a New Year's Eve show on Fox. Like last year, Pitbull also will perform a song from his new album at the 2014 AMAs, which will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23 on ABC. dick clark productions is… Read


Lionsgate, Tribeca Team For Subscription VOD Launch

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UPDATE: I am now being told this service will focus on being a branded platform for prestige independent films from around the world, and a lot of attention will be paid toward getting Geoff Gilmore and leading filmmakers to introduce each title, talking about why they were selected, and why they are important. Among those Lionsgate films in the library include Monster's Ball, Crash, to The Hurt Locker and Red Violin, Arbitrage and Margin Call. These films aren't locked… Read


Jennette McCurdy To Topline Thriller Drama Series For Netflix & Canada’s City

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In Netflix's first collaboration with a Canadian network, the streaming giant has teamed with Canada's No.3 commercial broadcaster City for a new drama series to be headlined by Nickelodeon comedy star Jennette McCurdy in her first TV gig since the abrupt end of Sam & Cat. Also part of the Netflix-City partnership is shomi, a Canadian-based streaming service — considered a potential rival to Netflix — which will be launched next month by City parent Rogers Media and Shaw… Read


Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study


After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read


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