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‘Sesame Street’s Number Of The Day: Three 40-Year Cast Members Out

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The evolution of Sesame Street continues with the now-HBO series losing three longtime regulars. Bob McGrath (music teacher and singer Bob), Emilio Delgado (Fix-it Shop handyman Luis) and Roscoe Orman (schoolteacher Gordon) are out at the venerable kids show. McGrath, who’s been part of the show since it launched in 1969 on PBS, announced the news July 2 at an event in Florida, and producer Sesame Workshop confirmed it today. Delgado has been on the show since 1971, and… Read

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CNN Wins DNC Ratings Vote As Obama Speech Steady With RNC Day 3 Viewership

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In what looks to be an increasingly closer than expected election, the viewership for the Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention and Day 3 of the Republican National Convention may be an indication of where this is all heading in November. A grand total of 24.058 million people watching President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden and would-be VP Tim Kaine on the 10 – 11:45 PM ET convention coverage on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NBC, ABC and CBS. That means the DNC inched… Read

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator Nahnatchka Khan Inks Pod Deal With 20th TV

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Nahnatchka Khan, creator of the ABC comedy Fresh Off The Boat, is expanding her footprint at 20th Century Fox TV where she has been based for more than a decade. Under a new three-year deal with the studio, Khan will grow her Fierce Baby Productions banner into a full-fledged pod with former 20th TV executive Mandy Summers tapped as head of development. Under the deal, Khan, who has emerged as one of the strongest comedy voices of her generation, will create, write… Read

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‘Friday Night Tykes’ & ‘Steel Country’ Spinoff Renewed By Esquire

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Esquire Network has ordered a fourth season of its hit docuseries Friday Night Tykes and a season two of spinoff Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country. The fourth season of Friday Night Tykes will look at the 10, 11 and 12-year-old divisions of some of the most competitive youth football leagues in the nation centered in the San Antonio, TX area. The 10-episode docuseries will follow the teams, revealing a variety of coaching, parenting and mentoring styles and… Read

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Fullscreen’s ‘Keeping Score’ Follows Hope Solo & Other Soccer Stars On Road To Rio

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Fullscreen Media has set its first original docuseries. Keeping Score follows three of the world’s best female athletes — U.S. soccer players Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn — off the field and on the road to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Launching August 3, the series will be available exclusively on the Fullscreen’s SVOD platforms. Solo wanted to make a unique vehicle for these powerful women to tell their story. Fullscreen gave them license to turn the… Read

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‘Walk The Prank’ Renewed For Season 2 By Disney XD

WALK THE PRANK - Disney Channel's "Walk the Prank" stars Brandon Severs as Dusty, Cody Veith as Chance, Jillian Shea Spaeder as Bailey, Bryce Gheisar as Herman and Tobie Windham as Uncle Will. (Disney XD/Craig Sjodin)

Disney XD has picked up a second season of its hit hidden-camera prank series Walk the Prank. The series has been a strong performer for the network, reaching 35.4 million viewers including 13.2 million Kids 6-14 and 6.3 million Boys 6-14 on Disney XD and Disney Channel. In addition, Walk the Prank is Disney XD’s No. 1 series on VOD with 6.6 million viewer engagements and ranks as the No. 1 series in unique visitors on the Disney XD app (2.6 million video starts by… Read

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DGA Sets 2017 Awards Schedule

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The 69th annual DGA Awards are set for February 4 at the Beverly Hilton, and now we know the key dates leading up to the trophy show. The guild said today that its Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 11, and noms for Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film will be unveiled the next day. DGA members can vote online between November 30-January 9 for Feature Film Nominations, December 12-January 9 for TV nominations in five… Read

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‘The Accountant’ Trailer #2: Ben Affleck & The World’s Scariest Pocket Protector

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If we learned anything from the global financial meltdown of 2007-08, the scariest supervillains in the world aren’t necessarily terrorists or renegade military dictators but accountants. Cue Warner Bros’ upcoming action thriller The Accountant, which takes this idea to its logical extreme. Starring Ben Affleck in the title role, a new trailer for the Gavin O’Connor-directed pic was released this morning and, in case you need a reminder that your tax extension only lasts… Read

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Comcast Renews NBCU Chief Steve Burke’s Contract To Mid-2020

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04:  Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal speaks to invited guests as Children's Phila hosts event to fund cure for Sickle Cell disease on February 4, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

Comcast says in an SEC filing that it re-upped NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke through August 2020– with a $10 million stock option to reward him for his “outstanding work” and to “incent” him to do a good job. The stock option vests on August 14, 2023. He has agreed, though, to not “sell any net after-tax shares” until two years after that. Under the new contract Comcast will continue to contribute to his deferred compensation plan account — a substitute for a pension… Read

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Nick Jonas In Talks To Join ‘Jumanji’ Movie

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EXCLUSIVE: Nick Jonas is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the Jake Kasdan-directed reimagining of Jumanji that Sony Pictures has set for a July 28, 2017 release. Matt Tolmach is producing. While Jonas is best known for his singing voice as a solo artist who started as one of the Jonas Brothers, he showed real chops in the frat hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance in January and which Paramount releases September 23. He also stars in… Read

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Rocky Carroll Cast In HBO Films’ ‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’

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NCIS star Rocky Carroll has been cast opposite Oprah Winfrey and Renee Elise Goldsberry in HBO films' The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of… Read

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‘Beaches’ Movie Remake Starring Idina Menzel Greenlighted By Lifetime

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A Garry Marshall film classic is coming to the small screen. Lifetime has greenlighted a contemporary remake of the 1988 feature Beaches, toplined by Broadway and Frozen star Idina Menzel. She will play the role of CC, originated by Bette Midler in the movie, and will take on the iconic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love”. In addition to new versions of the two classic tunes from the movie, Tony winner Menzel will record additional songs for the Lifetime… Read