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Brazil, UK Lead Pack For International Emmy Nominations

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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled this year's nominations on Monday, with Brazil leading the pack with seven nominations, including a best actor nod for Globo TV's Rules of the Game (Alexandre Nero) and a best actress nod for Grazi Massafera in Hidden Truths. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received nominations for their roles in BBC One's TV movie Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, based on the famous author's children's novel about a lonely older man… Read

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Nixon-Kennedy Debate: A Look Back At TV History As Candidates Square Off Tonight

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Tonight's first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump falls on the anniversary of the most famous debate in American history: the first Richard Nixon/John F. Kennedy faceoff. Held 56 years ago tonight, it was the first presidential debate ever televised. More than 70 million Americans watched the debate that night – 2 million more than would cast ballots. Kennedy, the handsome Democratic senator from Massachusetts, looked cool and confident, while Vice President… Read

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‘Born This Way’ Celebrates Emmy Win With Third-Season Pickup From A&E

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A&E has ordered a third season of Born This Way on the heels of its Emmy win for Best Unstructured Reality Series, snapping Deadliest Catch’s streak in the category created two years ago. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered on a third season of the series that follows young adults living with Down syndrome. Wrapping its second season this week, Born This Way follows a diverse group of young men and women and gives a voice to the parents as they help their children… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’ Posts Big Live+3 Ratings Gains On Premiere Wednesday

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A lot of people had put ABC’s new Kiefer Sutherland drama series Designated Survivor on its DVR/VOD list. More than 5 million of them. The 10 PM drama has emerged as the biggest Live+3 gainer so far this season in total viewers among new and returning series with +5.3 million viewers, surpassing the season premiere of CBS’ venerable comedy The Big Bang Theory (+4.43 million). This is the biggest viewer L3 gain since the debut of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder in… Read

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Lakeith Stanfield Joins Jim Strouse’s New Comedy With Jessica Williams

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Lakeith Stanfield has been tapped to join Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, and Noël Wells in writer-director Jim Strouse's new film, which is now shooting in New York. In the comedy, former Daily Show correspondent Williams will play Jessica, an aspiring New York playwright trying hard to get over a recent break-up with her boyfriend, played by Stanfield. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (O'Dowd), himself recently divorced. Together, they… Read

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PwC Report: U.S. Hispanics Prefer English-Language TV Shows By Wide Margin

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A new report on the viewing habits of U.S. Hispanics has some bad news for Spanish-language broadcasters like Telemundo and Univision. The report found Hispanics watch and enjoy shows on English-language networks far more than shows aired on Spanish-language networks; that they're much more likely to buy products advertised on English-language shows; and they trust English-language news programs far more than the news on Spanish-language networks. The report from… Read

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MTV Rallies Millennials To Register To Vote In Live Special

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MTV has set Total Registration Live, an hourlong live special aimed at rallying Millennials to register to vote, on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 27 at 6 PM. Those scheduled to appear include Grammy-nominated R&B star and Respect My Vote! Ambassador, Ty Dolla $ign performing "Campaign," appearances by model and Rock The Vote spokesperson Kendall Jenner, director, producer and writer Joss Whedon, Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello, rapper Vic Mensa… Read

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France Selects Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ As Foreign Language Oscar Submission

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France has chosen to put forth Paul Verhoeven's first French-language film, Elle, as its submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race. The selection committee at national film board the CNC made the decision on the Isabelle Huppert-starrer Monday, after “long and passionate debates.” It chose from a field of four movies that had been shortlisted. They also included François Ozon's Frantz; Anne Fontaine's Agnus Dei; and Danièle Thompson's Cézanne Et Moi. Elle was a hit… Read

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John Oliver Grades Donald Trump Scandals On Eve Of First Debate With Hillary Clinton

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Making his return to HBO after winning the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series on the eve of the 2016 first presidential debate – forecast to be watched by about 100M people –  John Oliver took a long look at the scandal history of the two candidates. Both candidates’ rank so low on trust-o-meter this election is “The electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking so you start puking and then someone else is puking and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016,” Oliver began. Hilla… Read

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Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global As President Of Feature Film Production

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Stuart Ford’s IM Global has been on a growth drive in recent months, accelerated by Tang Media Partners’ acquisition of a controlling stake in the company this past June. In its latest key move, the sales/finance/production outfit has set Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro as President of Feature Film Production. This is a significant step for IM Global which is coming off of a strong Fall Festival circuit that saw the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s awards season contende… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer: Luke Takes It To The Streets

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Netflix has dropped the second trailer for its anticipated original series Marvel’s Luke Cage ahead of its September 30 debut. After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury. Mike Colter… Read

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A+E Networks Channels Will Be Included In AT&T’s DirecTV Now Service

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AT&T’s planned DirecTV Now streaming service will include A+E Networks outlets including A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN,  FYI, and Viceland, the companies say this morning. DirecTV Now, due to launch by year end, “will offer consumers a new way of receiving our content giving our viewers access to our strong portfolio of entertainment brands." A+E Networks Distribution President David Zagin says. Analysts are watching to see what channels might be left out of DirecTV Now, a… Read